Morrow's Greenleaf signs with Auburn

By Brian Howard

Jordan Greenleaf was surrounded by family, friends, teammates and well wishers Monday afternoon in the media center at Morrow High School.

The Lady Mustangs senior basketball player shed some tears, but made it official, in a room decked in blue and orange, by signing her national letter of intent to play college basketball on a full scholarship to the University of Auburn.

“I didn't even want to visit Auburn,” Greenleaf said. “My mom (Mona) kept telling me to consider them and give them a chance. I ended up going to a whole bunch of other schools and it was OK, but I just don't pick a school, just to go there.

“My choice was going to be Clemson, but my mom told me to go down there and give it a chance. I went down there and I loved it. The team and coaches were great. I loved the environment.”

Schools Greenleaf was considering besides Auburn and Clemson, were Michigan State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Rhode Island.

After making the commitment final, Greenleaf thanked coaches and teammates for getting her to this point.

Morrow High School girls basketball coach Yolanda Jenkins said Greenleaf has worked hard to get to this point and that Monday was a very special day.

“As a freshman, she came to me with a great big ball of energy,” Jenkins said.

“She stepped in and has played big for us for three years. Hard work had to be put in to get to this point. We're definitely proud of Jordan.”

The Lady Tigers, picked to finish fifth in the SEC, lost in conference tournament last season to Tennessee and ended the year with a 16-13.

Although she must finish year senior year, the senior post player should fit in right away when she arrives in Auburn, Ala. The Lady Tigers have two starters returning in Marita Payne and Alexis Ogubie.

Last season, Payne led the nation in blocked shots and Ogubie was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

“There's a lot of competition (in the SEC),” Greenleaf said. “My mom was happy I was getting a scholarship, but she was more happy that I was going to Auburn. When I told her about it and where I wanted to go, she started crying. She is just excited and every time we go down there, she gets more and more excited.”

Greenleaf, who also plays on the volleyball team at Morrow, said there is no chance that she will be a two-sport athlete at Auburn.

“It's just basketball,” Greenleaf said laughing. “I don't think my body can handle two more sports.”

Greenleaf has spent the previous summers playing AAU ball for the Georgia Metros. The Metros won the 16-and-under and United State Junior Nationals last summer.