His nickname is Hang Time.
Local basketball star Jordan Hoose has signed a one-year contract with the Harlem Wizards after acing a country-wide tryout. That comes with all the hoop-la associated with this 55-year-old show basketball team, including the chance to travel the world, perform athletically for sell-out crowds, and yes – a nickname appropriate to his specific set of skills.
Hoose began his basketball career at Taconic Hills High School in Craryville – earning All-Star Honors before playing two seasons for C-GCC at forward and center. During his time on campus, Hoose was a first team All-Conference and All-Region selection, and was named both the team’s Most Outstanding Player and C-GCC’s Athlete of the Year in 2015. He completed his college career this year at Morrisville State College.
Over the years, Hoose has also earned a reputation for dunking, often taking his time to suspend from the net after stuffing the ball. In fact, Todd Davis, president of the Harlem Wizards, said Hoose’s talents first caught his eye online, where clips of his dunks had started to surface.
“I saw a YouTube video of Jordan dunking about three years ago,” said Davis, noting that later, C-GCC Men’s Head Basketball Coach Brian Smith reached out to the Wizards on Hoose’s behalf. “When Brian mentioned Hudson, N.Y., I remembered Jordan. We talked the next day and I invited him to play in three games at the end of the season.”
In June, Davis said Hoose took part in a tryout with players from all over the country, competing for one spot.
“From his first dunk, all of the Wizard coaches and management watching all looked at each other and said, that’s our guy,” he said. “He came to the tryout with a purpose and wowed us all.”
The Harlem Wizards organization was formed in 1962, and has since played more than 6,000 games on five different continents. Like their counterparts the Harlem Globetrotters, Wizards players are skilled at trick-play and routinely play exhibition games that raise funds for charitable organizations, schools, and foundations across the world. For more information about the Harlem Wizards or C-GCC Athletics, visit HarlemWizards.com or cgcctwins.com.