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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Iona's Steve Burtt, Niagara's Juan Mendez and Manhattan's Luis Flores had huge careers in the MAAC and all got to win a championship the last three years. But only Flores has seen any NBA time thus far. That was as a bit player with a couple of teams.

Marist point guard Jared Jordan hopes to win a title here this weekend -- and looks like he'll get a legitimate pro shot. The 6-foot-2 senior had 12 points and 10 assists in Marist's 87-63 romp past Canisius Saturday and showed why he's one of the best point guards in the country. Period. Forget just at the mid-major level.

The pros are definitely noticing. According to, Jordan is currently 28th overall among the 200 draft eligibles and it the highest rated point guard. That's pretty heady stuff for a MAAC player and could make Jordan the league's top pro pick since La Salle's Lionel Simmons.

Jordan, a Hartford native, chose to attend Marist over Canisius four years ago. Think that might have changed Mike MacDonald's fortunes? Hmmm. Jordan has terrific ballhandling skills and sensational court vision, as proven by the fact he's led Division I in assists for two straight years. He's a pure wizard to watch, easily one of the most entertaining players the league has produced since Canisius and Niagara became members in 1989.

---Mike Harrington

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