Columbus Northland has produced some quality basketball players over the
past five years, but never has Northland been in
position to put a class of four kids into Division 1 programs like the
2012 group. And Jordan Potts could be the biggest key.
Columbus Northland has produced some quality basketball players over the past five years with the likes of Devon Moore, Jared Sullinger, JD Weatherspoon, and most recently Trey Burke.
Obviously those players were terrific, but never has Northland been in position to put a class of four kids into Division 1 programs like the 2012 group. The members include 6-8 bigs Jalen Robinson and Devon Scott, 6-4 wing Ke'Chaun Lewis, and 5-11 guard Jordan Potts.
For the majority of the past three years, Trey Burke (Michigan) has been the mainstay at point guard for the Vikings and rightfully so. However, in the meantime, Potts has been patiently waiting his turn to take over the point guard spot while playing alongside the reigning Ohio Mr. Basketball.
During his springs and summers, Potts has been a regular for All-Ohio Red the past three seasons helping his squad to a national runner-up finish a year ago. The Northland junior has been very good thus far on the AAU circuit, but once again he has been forced to a different role.
All-Ohio Red added electric combo guard Terry Rozier (Shaker Heights) to its squad in the off season forcing Potts to come off the bench, but as usual he is finding a way to thrive. Potts brings energy, toughness, defense, and a willingness to push the basketball when his number is called.
Red was most effective when Rozier and Potts were on the floor at the same time this past weekend, but head coach Quentin Rogers prefers to have Potts come off the bench. "Big game Potts" leads a bench unit which features Jalen Robinson, Deontae Hawkins, and Leroy Alexander.
This is par for the course when talking about Potts' career as he always finds a way to rise to the top despite the circumstance. This is a kid who could average 20-plus points per game, but has always done what is best for the team which is rare in today's society.
Potts is a bulldog and excellent in big games throughout his career. He has the ability to lead a team and is vocal enough to get on any of his teammates if he feels they are dogging it. Some may disagree, but we really feel he is a natural point. He does a great job of pushing the basketball when the situation calls for it and has a good feel as to when he needs to back it out and run offense.
Potts can knock down shots off the pull up and catch-and-shoot situations. He may be the best in the state at stopping on a dime in transition and knocking down a pull up. Potts tends to seperate himself on the defensive end where he is just plain relentless.
Potts currently holds offers from James Madison and Bethune-Cookman with strong interest from Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, and Indiana State. His father, Jeff Potts, told us Iowa, South Florida, and the College of Charleston are also showing interest.
"We are definitely open at this point," said Jeff Potts. "We are dating all the schools at this point and not looking to get married until September or October. It would be nice if we can get things done before his senior season, but we will have to wait and see how it plays out."
Potts averaged 8.7 points and 2.8 assists per game for Northland (26-2) as a junior. The Vikings finished the year as Division 1 state runner-up.