Irving, Texas – University of Tulsa senior center Jerome Jordan was named the Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year, the C-USA office announced. Jordan, along with fellow senior Ben Uzoh, was named to the league’s preseason all-conference squad.
Jordan, a 7’0” center from Kingston, Jamaica, averaged 13.8 points, and a team-leading 8.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks last year, while earning first-team all-conference honors and all-defensive team accolades as well. He was named the C-USA Player of the Week four times a year ago.
He averaged 17.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 16 C-USA regular season games, while shooting 59-percent from the field and 77-percent from the free throw line. Jordan scored over 20 points in eight games. He had 10 double-doubles last year and tallied 24 games with two or more blocks and 20 contests with three or more blocked shots. Jordan had 25 double-figure scoring games and 14 double-digit rebounding games. Jordan’s 91 blocked shots gave him the No. 1 and 2 positions on the school’s single-season blocked shots chart.
In his career, Jordan has averages of 9.9 points (968), 6.8 rebounds (666) and 2.6 blocks (251). His 251 career blocks ranks second on the school’s all-time blocked shots list, and he enters his senior season needing 15 more blocks to tie Michael Ruffin (1995-99) for the school record. Jordan ranks sixth on the Conference USA career blocked shots list, and needs 63 more blocks to tie the C-USA record. He has blocked two or more shots in 63 career games and three or more shots in 51 career games.
Uzoh, a 6’3” guard from San Antonio, Texas, has played in 106 career games with 105 starts for the Hurricane. He became just the fourth player in school history and the second fastest to reach plateaus of 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals in a career. Uzoh has career averages of 13.4 points (1,417), 5.1 rebounds (542) and 2.5 assists (262). He has led Tulsa in scoring in 35 career games, 40 times in steals, 41 times in assists and 18 times in rebounding. Uzoh ranks 10th on the school’s career scoring chart and enters his senior season needing 17 more points to move into ninth place.
Last year, Uzoh led Tulsa in scoring with a 14.0 average and in assists and steals with averages of 3.6 and 1.5, while also averaging 4.9 rebounds. He was named to the C-USA second-team all-conference team for the past two seasons.