Jordan Theodore, an undersized speedster from New Jersey, put together a solid performance running the show for Patterson Catholic on Sunday afternoon. The future Pirate had his full repertoire of point guard skills on display in a hotly contested game.
The obvious knock against Theodore is his size. He is listed at 60 170 pounds, but that may even be a little generous. What the senior lacks in physical stature though he makes up for with tremendous quickness and explosive leaping ability. Plenty of people in attendance for the game were surprised to see Theodore throw down a fast break dunk in the second half of his game against Mt. Vernon.
From the opening minutes of the game, Theodore proved to be an absolute handful to contain in Pattersons man-to-man defense. He is extremely quick off the dribble, and combined with his excellent handle, Theodore is able to penetrate the lane on a consistent basis. Once in the lane, he has shown fantastic ability as a playmaker, and this is where he gets the majority of his assists from, drawing and kicking to open teammates in the paint. When he does decide to attack the rim, Theodore is a good enough leaper that he is able to elevate and get his shot off against taller defenders when in traffic.
Theodore excels in the transition game, possessing great open floor speed and having great court vision. His ability to change direction on a dime makes it extremely hard for defenders to stay in front of him. He was also able to incorporate several hesitation moves to further shake defenders when in transition. When he attacks the rim, Theodore shows great ability to draw contact from defenders and get to the foul line.
Defensively Theodore was as pesky as he was on the offensive side of the ball. His has great lateral quickness to go along with very quick hands. He was able to register five steals in the game thanks to his hustle and anticipation. Theodore is equally as dangerous to pick an opponents pocket as he is to intercept a pass and take it the opposite way for an easy basket.
At this time Theodore looks like he will develop into a solid collegiate point guard. He is very quick, shows a high basketball IQ and knows how to play within himself. The one question we were left with after seeing Theodore play was his ability to shoot from the perimeter. He didnt attempt any shots from beyond the perimeter, nor did we get to see him shoot off the dribble. As for further down the road, Theodore is very undersized for a guard at the professional level, but he has good point guard skills and knows how to play the game.