By Jeff Borzello
During the spring before a prospect’s senior year, most players are focused on two things: recruiting and the AAU circuit.
For Jordan Tebbutt, though, neither of those is at the forefront of his thought process. Tebbutt has taken the past few months to work on himself, as both a basketball player and a person.
“This has been a good season for him,” Tebbutt’s father, Brad, said. “He is working on lots of personal things, as well as his game. It’s been a real season of growth.”
After Jordan’s Pump-N-Run Elite AAU team struggled during April and he continued to be hampered by a hand injury, he decided to step off the circuit for a bit.
“It ended up being a good break for Jordan for a few weeks,” Brad Tebbutt said.
He still participated in Adidas Nations, attended the Pangos All-American Camp and will be in Charlottesville, Va. for the NBPA Top 100 camp this week. Tebbutt will also be back on the AAU scene during the July live period.
Tebbutt, a 6-foot-4 wing from Oregon, is not lacking for exposure. He will attend powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.) in the fall, making the move from Tualatin (Ore.).
“It’s been a dream of his for years,” Brad Tebbutt said. “It fits the parents’ criteria of a strong school, help with academics and spiritual environment, but [it also] raises the level of ball several times over and makes a great transition year between high school and college, as far as living on your own and in developing his game.”
Tebbutt has a tremendous frame, checking in at around 215 pounds. He is a bulky swingman who is still looking to regain his explosion. Because of his size, he can overpower smaller defenders and score around the rim. Tebbutt can also knock down mid-range jumpers and is very effective when shooting leaners in the lane. He has great body control and can absorb contact when he finishes.
His stock has dipped a little bit in the past year because of an injury, but that hasn’t slowed his recruitment.
“We really have put recruiting on the side shelf, as opposed to the back shelf,” his father said. “A few new schools since the summer coaching shuffle, still waiting to create a list or determine preferences. We have really played it low-key and probably made a few think we are not interested, which is not true.”
The Pac-12 is heavily involved with Tebbutt, with Colorado, Washington State, Washington and Oregon State showing the most interest from the West Coast programs. Louisville, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Virginia and West Virginia are also on the list.
Tebbutt plans on taking his time with the process, with no favorites standing out or visits planned.
“[We’re] trying to decide on our timeline, throwing a new wrinkle in with the move to Oak Hill next year,” Brad Tebbutt said. “Just not ready to make too many decisions yet.”