D.J. Jordan Signs With Weatherford College

D.J. Jordan scored 26 points in his finale wearing an Old High Coyote uniform.

The next time he suits up for basketball, it'll be as a Coyote too, at Weatherford College.

"(I've) been dreaming about this since I was younger," Jordan said. "(I'm) ready to go to that next level, start that next chapter."

Jordan signed with an eclectic group at his side, including members from Rider, Hirschi and of course, Wichita Falls High School.

Former head basketball coach Carl Pennington was among them.

"A lot of people were doubting if he could go to college," he said. "I'm really excited for D.J. He gets to fulfill his dream."

The doubt came from an up-and-down season for Jordan. He missed 10 games early in the season because of a disciplinary problems. While many people called for his dismissal, Pennington and his staff went with a suspension instead.

"All high school kids go through certain things in their life," Pennington said. "It proves us right that he gets to go play college basketball. If he had gotten dismissed, he probably wouldn't have."

Jordan says he's grateful that his head coach stood by his side.

"I'm blessed. Most players who gets suspended like that just give up on themselves," Jordan said. "Him getting on me, never giving up on me, made me a better person and a better player."

As for expectations at the next level, Jordan wants to get better and just experience college. Pennington says Weatherford is getting a "hooper", a player that can drive to the basket and shoot the mid-range jumper. Jordan says he expects to play both the shooting and point guard positions.

But for now, he's just happy he's getting the chance to keep playing the game he loves.

"I can just walk around and smile all day," he said.