Photo by Derrick Mahone
Morrow point guard Jordan Faciane (right) and his mother, Christina Battle listen as his AAU coach congratulates the senior on signing a basketball scholarship with Campbell University on Wednesday afternoon in the school’s media center.
When Jordan Faciane left for an AAU tournament in Myrtle Beach this past summer, the Morrow point guard didn’t have any scholarship offers.
After helping his Griffin Grasshoppers’ squad defeat one of the top teams in the country in front of several college coaches, he begun to draw interest.
Campbell University in North Carolina was one of the first to offer the 6-foot-2 point guard.
On Wednesday in Morrow’s media center, Faciane showed his loyalty to the Div. I program by signing a scholarship in front of teachers and teammates.
He became the first player during Mustangs coach J. Livingston’s 16-year tenure to sign with a Div. I team directly from high school.
“When he was in Myrtle Beach, he stole the show,” Grasshoppers coach Alan Richards said. “A lot of coaches were there to see the other team, but left impressed with Jordan. He plays hard all the time.”
Last season, Faciane averaged 17 points for the Mustangs, and is expected to have a big season as the only returning starter. He could have waited until the end of the season to sign to see if he would attract more offers, but Faciane called Campbell is “a good fit.”
“I made up my mind that I wanted to go to Campbell,” he said. “I wanted to get this decision out the way so I could be focused on the season, and get our team into the playoffs. I probably could have waited until after the season to see what offers were coming my way, but I really liked the environment at Campbell and made my decision. I’m really pleased with my decision.”
Faciane’s mother, Christina Battle, became emotional as coaches and teammates gave Faciane some encouraging words moments before he signed the scholarship offer.
“This is such an honor,” Battle said about the scholarship. “It was his goal and his dream. I was here to support him.”
Although he is the lone returning starter, Livingston said he is not putting any undo pressure on him to lead the team this season.
“I just want Jordan to do what Jordan can do,” Livingston said. “He has really grown over the last four years in this program.”