When selecting an elite player one would look for someone to be tall, strong looking as well as geographically located in a big city. That’s where one would lose out if you didn’t check under every rock in every city, tucked away in Manchester, NH there was a kid by the name of Jordan Laguerre.
Playing with the Rivals on the AAU circuit Jordan had opposing defenders checking the book after the games to see who number 20 was. College coaches all took notice and started to follow Jordan and the Rivals, things started to look good as Jordan started to become a household name.
Jordan is described as 6’1” combo guard with lighting speed, and athletic abilities to touch the top of the square on the backboard. One NESPAC coach “ He is a warrior he will lead his team to wins, high major programs went to sleep while recruiting him.
Jordan went on to star at New Hampton School, and played his way into a scholarship with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. We sat down with Jordan in the mist of his freshmen year at Umass.
“I chose Umass because it was just the right fit for me. There style of play, the coaches were great, its close to home, my teammates are great and it just felt like the right place for me."
You are from NH, people tend to think NH doesn’t have much ballers let our readers know how about the talent in NH?
“Undoubtedly NH is going to get slack for not having the toughest players, but NH ball players are definitely on the rise. Don’t underestimate just from the name of the place.”
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
“My strengths are definitely my explosiveness, my left hand, how hard I work, and how I never give up as well as being vocal. My weaknesses are my right hand (which is currently getting better) and decision making at times.”
How did New Hampton help you develop on and off the court?
“New Hampton was just a great place to be at in general. The coaching staff, namely Peter Hutchins taught me so much on the court, on how to become a better basketball player and he also taught me allot off the court on how to be a respectable human being. Our assistant coach Freddy Petkus was also always there guiding me in the right direction. They had us in the gym everyday working hard, I don’t remember ever fooling around or taking days off.”
Are you a big believer in kids going to Prep School?
“Prep school isn’t for everyone, I believe it depends on the kids situation but prep school is definitely an amazing place and can help kids in allot of ways. Whether it’s academically, sports wise, or just meeting new people from all over the world prep school is amazing."
“AAU was an amazing experience for the few years that I did play, it gave me the chance to travel and see places that I never thought I would see. And also gave me the opportunity to showcase my talents in front of some big time college coaches. I want thank my AAU coach Vin Pastore for helping me out with everything throughout the years, and for being tough on me like no one has ever been before.”
Tell the readers about Jordan off the court?
“I’m definitely a low key type of guy, I love to listen to music, I like drawing, hanging out with my friends, I’m a jokester but know how to be serious when I need to be, and I’m just a very kind guy that doesn’t dislike anybody.”
Who did you try to pattern your game after, while growing up?
“I would say I tried and still try to pattern my game off of Dwayne Wade. Unfortunately I’m not as tall as him but I still try to imitate a few of his moves and his swagger. But other than that I try to just be myself and try to bring my own swag to the game of basketball.”
Describe your AAU coach in one word?
What are you going to miss the most about AAU?
“Traveling and hanging out with my teammates.”
How was it playing for the Rivals?
"Playing for the Rivals was great, the coaching staff was great, they were always hard on us but it was for the best. And we were all just like a big family, most of my teammates I will always be friends with.”
What advice would you give to the next generation about choosing the right college?
“I would say be patient, don’t rush things, make sure you actually want to go to that school not just because of one reason, find many reasons why that school is right for you. And last of all make sure you’re with good people.”