Mackey’s Top 50: No. 29 Walter Jordan
Fred Schaus’ mid-1970s recruiting success at Purdue included a pair of Fort Wayne’s finest, Eugene Parker, who was at No. 34 in this countdown, and Walter Jordan.
The 6-8 Jordan, who led Northrup to the 1974 state championship, immediately stepped into a starting forward role with the Boilermakers and averaged 14 points a game. With Jordan and Parker in the lineup, Pudue went 21-9 in 1975.
By his sophomore year, Jordan was the team’s leading scorer (16.9) and rebounder (9.2).
He would go on to lead Purdue in scoring as a junior (18.6) and a senior (17,0) to finish with 1,813 points. That total ranks eighth in Boilermaker history.
Jordan also was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1977 and 1978, the same seasons that saw him selected Purdue’s John Wooden Most Valuable Player.
He would go on to play in 1980 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Jordan was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.