Texas A&M will have three first round NFL picks in the NFL draft, and the school features scores of established names throughout pro football, but right now the best Aggie in all of pro sports is a second round pick who stuck around College Station for one year.
Who saw this ever coming from former Texas A&M Aggies center Hyland DeAndre Jordan Jr.? Ever?
A second round pick (35th) of the Los Angeles Clippers in 2008 has taken off in his sixth year in the NBA - he averaged 10.4 points and 13.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks this season.
The Clippers are built around Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, but Jordan's developing presence in the middle makes this team even more of a threat.
In case you are wondering, Jordan can be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015.
Looking back ... here is DeAndre Jordan's bio as a freshman at Texas A&M:
BEFORE A&M: Rated as the No. 8 overall prospect and the No. 2 center in the country by Rivals.com...The No. 1-ranked prep player in Texas by Rivals...averaged 26.1 points, 15.2 rebounds and 8.1 blocks per game as a senior...Parade All-American...named to first-team All-Greater Houston squad by the Houston Chronicle...two-time all-state selection...posted a career high of 37 points...set school record with 20 blocked shots in a game...averaged 16.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 7.0 blocks as a junior...played for Team USA at 2007 Under 19 World Champions in Serbia...also played for Team USA at 2007 Global Games in Dallas...coached at Christian Life Academy by Carlos Wilson...also recruited by Florida, Indiana, Texas, LSU and Kentucky, among others.
Jordan was initially recruited to A&M by coach Billy Gillispie, but played for Mark Turgeon. As a freshman, Jordan averaged 7.9 points and 6.0 rebounds for a team that finished 25-11 and lost to UCLA in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Jordan was not a starter. He was the backup to Joseph Jones.
Jordan is one of five Aggies to be picked in the NBA draft since 2005, but easily the best one of the bunch.
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