Jordan Ford, 3-star PG, places Oregon State Beavers in top 3

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Jordan Ford celebrates a section championship (Courtesy of Jordan Ford)

(Courtesy of Jordan Ford)

Oregon State men's basketball made the top five for four-star combo guard JaQuori McLaughlin earlier this week, and kept the momentum going Wednesday as 247Sports three-star point guard Jordan Ford announced a top three of University of California-Santa Barbara, Oregon State and Saint Mary's:

The 6-foot-0, 155-pound floor general, out of Folsom, California, is the point guard for nationally-renowned AAU squad Oakland Soldiers and was named Sacramento Bee Player of the Year last season after averaging 20.4 points, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

His interest in Oregon State developed after receiving a scholarship offer from Wayne Tinkle during an unofficial visit in early June.

"I like Oregon State, because it's in a tough conference," he said. "I know they are rebuilding over there, and it seems like a great fit for me. My visit went really well. I bonded with all of the coaches. They are really nice and seem like great people, Coach Gottlieb and Coach Tinkle in particular."

St. Mary's made the cut after Ford visited this week and came away impressed with not only the school, but its success rate with point guards.

"They kind of have a point guard style. Point guards have thrived in that system like, Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova," he said. "I just took an unofficial visit there (this week) and that went really well, too."

Ford, who is rated by Rivals as the No. 138 player in the class of 2016, has yet to visit UCSB, but intends to take a trip shortly.

That rush is due to the point guard's desire to make his announcement in the near future.

"I'm not sure of the date, but I'm definitely going to commit in the next month-and-a-half, two months," he said. "I will have a good grasp on the programs and what they have to offer, so I would be able to make a good decision. I was going to do it before my high school season."

Whoever gets Ford will be landing a floor leader with plenty of experience against elite competition, as he has played for the Oakland Soldiers in several big-time settings.

"Playing in the EYBL is probably the biggest stage in youth basketball. It's like the NBA for kids," he said. "It's such a high level that once I got there I had to make a big adjustment, given the length and that stuff. It definitely gets you ready for the next level."

-- Andrew Nemec
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