One visit, one honest head coach and one happenstance 2,000 miles away.
For Judah Jordan, it was meant to be.
Weber State men's basketball added to its 2019 recruiting class Wednesday when Jordan committed to the Wildcats via Twitter video.
Weber State coaches saw Jordan play in a summer event in New York and, Jordan said, made notes about the 6-foot-2 guard from Maryland.
Later, Jordan talked to his high school coach, Chris Chaney, about his favorite pro player being Damian Lillard.
Coincidentally, Chaney told Jordan a former player of his was now an assistant coach at Lillard's alma mater — David Marek.
Chaney and Marek reconnected about Jordan, a player WSU already planned to recruit, and "they told me it was meant to be once that happened," Jordan said.
Jordan averaged 14.2 points, 2.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game as a junior at Capital Christian Academy, according to MaxPreps. He totaled a season high 31 points on 7-of-10 shooting (and 15 of 17 at the free-throw line) in a Feb. 3 win.
Jordan will play for Scotland Campus, a highly ranked prep program in Pennsylvania where Chaney coaches, for his senior season.
The guard has more than 50 college credits to his name, he said, which drew pursuit of some Ivy League schools. He plans to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees in business while on scholarship.
He visited Ogden from Sept. 14-16.
"The coaches and players felt like family," Jordan said. "The environment and surroundings felt safe and calm. I just liked what the team culture was about."
He had visits scheduled to LaSalle (in Philadelphia), Morehead State (Kentucky) and Rhode Island but, in a heart-to-heart with his coach, decided one visit was enough.
"I chose Weber State because coach (Randy) Rahe was really honest with me. He told me nothing on his team is promised," he said. "I could play right away but it depends on effort and energy when I get there. He’s going to hold me to a higher standard so I can dream big and he’ll work with me to get me to the NBA."
Consistent with other guards who committed to or signed with WSU in the past year, Jordan said coaches liked his relentless, attacking style on offense and that he can play pressure defense for the length of the court. That matches the style Rahe said he now plans to play.
Jordan joins 6-foot-2 Texas guard KJ Cunningham as commitments for the 2019 recruiting class. With two seniors on the roster this season, his commitment ostensibly leaves the Wildcats with no more open scholarships for the 2019-20 season, barring unforeseen departures — though a swing man or forward may also pledge to the Wildcats this recruiting cycle.