One of the most important aspects of UNLV’s rebuilding process will be recruiting a long-term player – most importantly at the point guard position. While the reliance of four-year players isn’t a major factor to powerhouse programs such as Kansas, Kentucky or Duke, it’s something that mid-major programs can thrive off of. The so called Darakai Allen’s of San Diego State or the Paris Lee’s of Illinois State, well it’s time for UNLV to find its future “glue guy”.
That player just might be Class of 2017 point guard Jordan Goldwire. The 3-star undecided guard for Norcross High School (GA) averaged 11 points and five assists during his senior year and has been gaining traction in recruitment after a solid junior season and good showing in the grassroots circuit.
During his senior year, he started receiving offers from Towson, Coastal Carolina, Hofstra and UNLV. This past weekend, Goldwire also took an official visit to Mercer and with the initial signing date starting April 12th, Goldwire still has a few weeks to make his decision.
Looking at UNLV’s backcourt for the 2017-18 season, both Jovan Mooring and Jordan Johnson will be seniors so that would still give Goldwire three years of eligibility coming in as a true freshman. Player development has been lacking in recent years for the Rebels so it’ll be an important building block moving forward within the program.
Goldwire played in the prestigious Nike EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball League) for Team United this past spring/summer circuit. The 6’2 guard led the team in assists (3.3) and finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 9.4 points per game behind Duke commit Alex O’Connell.
Goldwire has a high basketball IQ for his age which allows him to have attributes to play both the point and shooting guard position. His high energy game enables him to post fast yet possess the poise to control the ball effectively.
On top of his offensive capabilities, Goldwire plays good on-ball defense and his ability to get steals shows his commitment on the defensive end. He uses active hands and slides his feet well.
He’s not going to be your most explosive or athletic player on the court but has the ability to hit open threes and shows good range. Goldwire has strong fundamentals with good court vision when it comes to looking for the best available option: whether that’s feeding a teammate in the post, showing off his outside game or simply just being able to finish around the rim.