Jordan Cothran has never let the size of his school define him on the court. Cothran, a 2016 guard from Rocky Mountain Lutheran in Denver, with an enrollment of 59 students, has a basketball program that competes in Class 1A.…
Jordan Cothran has never let the size of his school define him on the court.
Cothran, a 2016 guard from Rocky Mountain Lutheran in Denver, with an enrollment of 59 students, has a basketball program that competes in Class 1A.
“I never really let the 1A describe who I am,” Cothran said. “No matter what school I go to, I’m still working just as hard as any 5A player out there. I’m just trying to get to college.”
At 6-foot-1 and 189 pounds, the point guard is built and athletic. As he demonstrated on Sunday at the West Coast Elite Camp at Manual while earning his way to the top 20 game, Cothran sees the entire floor well, finds his teammates for good looks, and has the ball on a string.
“I have really good court vision,” he said. “I can push the ball. I’m good at reading double teams and dishing off. I’m all about assist/turnover ratio. I do like to shoot. I’m not going to lie. It’s a lot of fun to hit a jumper.”
Point is, the senior, despite playing in Colorado’s lowest classification, can compete at any level in the state. He made the stacked top 20 game, a contest featuring some of the biggest names around—guys like D’Shawn Schwartz, De’Ron Davis, Tyrei Randall, Jaizec Lottie, and Braxton Bertolette—and also performed well at the Prep Hoops Colorado Combine in September.
After playing a lot of rec ball growing up, he was discovered by the Colorado Grizzlies club team. Whether competing for his high school or grassroots team, Cothran comes across as determined.
“Right now I’m trying to work on my left hand and get my vertical up,” the senior, who jumped 32 inches in the vertical leap testing at the combine, said. “I want to get bigger and stronger and faster, of course. I also want to improve my mid-range game.”
Clearly he’s hungry to build off his successful summer, recent camps, and a junior high school season in which he averaged 12.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.6 steals a night for a team that finished with a 17-4 record.
As for playing in college, so far Cothran has heard from only Lamar Community College. He boasts a 2.9 GPA and scored 19 on his ACT. He hopes to raise his grade point to over a 3.0 and score a 24 on his ACT when he retakes it.
For now, Cothran might be a great fit at a junior college (worth a look for several levels though) where he could continue to add seasoning to his game and garner much more exposure to expand his options. The point guard has good upside and, for anyone still doubting him as just a 1A player, he proved over the weekend, once again, that he can compete with the best Colorado has to offer.