Millers’ Gadis Earns Spot On Basketball Radar

Mark Morrow/Sports Columnist


I love Indiana high school basketball, but I’ve never given much thought about AAU basketball.
Maybe it was because I simply was not involved in it, plus I’ve always heard it was less a team concept, but more of a showcase where individualtalents on offense seemed to take center stage.

AAU basketball games allow players to take their skills and try to implement them in a full-speed environment against pretty fair competition. And it’s no secret that one of the best ways to get noticed by college coaches is to play high school grade level AAU basketball during the spring and summer.

It is elite basketball in many cases, and some might say that elite youth basketball can also be about ego and individualism.

When I heard about the www.prephoops.com website, I decided to check it out. I found it to be quite interesting and informative.

It is a national website. It’s also big business.

The website was straight forward with its attention-getting headline: Where Players Become Prospects. I even came away with a little more respect for the AAU approach after spending quite a bit time on the website.

Prep Hoops events are designed two-fold, as the website promotes in explaining its approach in challenge and solution:

The Challenge: “You are 1 of 555,000 high school basketball players. You want to play in college, but separating yourself from the pack and gaining real exposure to colleges that fit you can be extremely difficult.’’
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The Solution: A personal recruiting advisor coupled with a recruiting platform that equips you with the resources needed to maximize your visibility to college programs, powered by America’s #1 Source for High School Basketball Recruiting: Prep Hoops.

Prep Hoops has writers reporting on each different state.

Just choose a state and click on it to get the latest scoop and rankings and upcoming events.

Want to check the schedule? Again, just click. The next event in Indianapolis is the Prep Hoops Senior Showcase on June 16. There are two other big showcase/challenge events in July, including July 5-7 in Chicago.)

One of the Prep Hoops writers ventured over to Indiana in mid-May for three days of observation during the ‘Havoc in the Heartland’ event that features 13U-17U youth basketball players.

The writer had something to say about the top players who impressed him last month. That’s just what they do. And their positive words can put a youngster on the radar, on a radar big time!

One was Noblesville High School’s Jordan Gadis, who will be a senior next season for the Millers basketball team under first-year high school coach John Peckinpaugh.

Peckinpaugh is a former standout basketball player at Muncie Central and Indiana university-Purdue University---Fort Wayne (IPFW).
Here’s the report on Jordan, a 6-foot-1 point guard and a member of the the Indiana Elite All-in 2020:

“Jordan has continued to show just how capable of an on-ball guard he can be. Building up his stock this spring as a scorer and some nice size and strength. With a lack of quality depth at lead guards, he’s adding another quality name to the list.

“Jordan was the most impressive so far as a bigger guard with handles and a penchant for scoring. (He) brings a lot of upside because of the frame and strength he already has . . . . Could see him taking off pretty quickly in the high school season.’’

Used in a backup role the past two seasons, Jordan should get a chance to finally strut his stuff. Four of the Millers’ starters and top scorers from the 2018-19 season have graduated.

Playing under a new coach and likely in a more upbeat offense where his skills would be utilized much more, as well as his overall ability, could speak volumes. I’m guessing that Coach Peckinpaugh will like what he sees. Athleticism is important, and Jordan is a solid athlete with good, quick moves.

Jordan is an extremely upbeat player who handles the ball well in various situations, and he’s a creator, when it comes to driving and passing and setting up the open man, as well as beating a defender for a layup basket or just pulling up inside for a short jumper.

He also comes in at 175 pounds, and he plays long, so he can handle himself when a defender tries to get in his face, and he has the necessary strength when he needs to muscle inside for buckets.

Four words sum things up the best about Jordan Gadis: speed, strength, creativity . . . and motivation. No question he’s got something to prove, and his smile indicates he’s ready for the challenge.

Hopefully his abundance of skills and desire lead to big things in the upcoming season.

And, oh yes, welcome to the radar, Jordan!

*—Mark Morrow, a Hall of Fame Indiana sportswriter, has resided in Hamilton County since 1989. You can follow him in The Times, and on Twitter at mmediamarko12. He can be reached at mediamarko5@gmail.com or by calling 317 460-8018.