Owls' women land top hoops prospect

Posted: November 10, 2002

The 10,000-mile time-out Dawn Staley took from the U.S. national team in September to recruit for her Temple women's basketball team paid off big-time yesterday.

Britney Jordan, a flashy 5-foot-8 point guard from Peoria, Ill., became the most prestigious blue-chip prospect to commit to a local women's program yesterday when she announced her intention of joining Staley's Owls next season.

"Dawn Staley is the best point guard in the world," Jordan said from her home in Peoria when explaining her choice of Temple over Arkansas and Southern Cal. "I know I can learn from her and improve my game."

Jordan, a senior, averaged 31 points and 10 rebounds last season for Woodruff High. She also led the North squad to a gold medal last summer at the USA Olympic Youth Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Under NCAA rules, Staley cannot comment on her catch until Wednesday's signing date.

Others who have seen Jordan's game have already gushed about her style.

"She's got a handle," said Penn junior Amanda Kammes, who is from Chicago and played against Jordan in high school. "Her game was young, but I was two years ahead of her. Oh, yeah, she's legit, no question."

Jordan, who said she was thinking about majoring in communications, put the Owls ahead of the pack last month when she made her official visit.

"I really liked the family atmosphere of their program," she said. "Everyone seems down to earth."

Steve Tucker of the Chicago Sun-Times, the dean of high school writers in the Midwest, said of Jordan: "She's the type of player who will impact Temple's future recruiting because good players want to play with good players."

If Jordan lives up to the hype, she could lead the Temple women to national prominence just as another fabled guard, Mark Macon, once did for John Chaney's men's team at the school.

Contact Mel Greenberg at 215-854-5725 or mgreenberg@phillynews.com.

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