This edition of Five Questions is with Jordan Zubich. Jordan is one of the truly elite shooters in the region, from Mountain Iron-Buhl High School (MN) and just completed club season with Minnesota Fury 2024 UAA, High Major Division I prospect. Thanks for your time Jordan!
1) You've had a busy month including an unofficial visit at Minnesota, which has offered you as well, and adding offers from Kansas State, Belmont and San Diego in just the last couple weeks as well as already having many High Major offers already in hand. First, congratulations on all the opportunities and secondly, what are some of the things you'll look for in a school and basketball program as you go further into the recruiting process?
Thank you! I would say the most important thing I am looking for in a school is fit. I want to go somewhere I will have a very successful career while also having fun with people I love. I want to go to the best school for me not necessarily the “highest” offer I have. I haven’t decided what I want to Major in so that will definitely help me make a decision once I get to that point. I want to go somewhere that not only believes in me as a player but as a person. One thing that sticks out to me is you can really tell which schools are truly interested and which schools are just calling you just incase they want you in the future. I love being on calls with energetic coaches who really seem excited about me and my future. Overall I think my decision will come down to the school my family and I believe will be the best fit.
2) You are a huge part of one of the best 2024 teams in the Midwest, Minnesota Fury 2024 UAA. You had a strong campaign that included a lot of travel across the country. What were some of your favorite moments, on or off the court, during the 2022 season?
I would say my favorite memory on the court was probably when we played Jason Kidd Select in California. That game was so much fun to be apart of because it was just one of those games where everyone on our team played good. We were all just clicking and when we do that we are a very hard team to beat. Another on court memory that sticks out was playin in the Final Four at the UAA Nationals not too long ago. It sucks to lose on a buzzer beater but playing in high energy, high intensity games are my favorite. That was probably the most back and forth game I have ever been in and it was just a lot of fun. An off court memory that really sticks out to me was when we went out as a team in California. We got to eat by the beach and there was this magician outside the restaurant so of course we had to go and see what he was about. Mikayla Thomas got called on to be a volunteer and we watched her have nothing in her hand and then a few seconds later had three balls in her hand. It was crazy and I just remember everyone laughing. I also just really enjoyed getting to know all of the girls because they are all just amazing people on and off the court. They make every practice, game, and team outing so enjoyable. I truly think that these girls will be some of my best friends for the rest of my life. This season was truly the best experience.
3) You play for one of the perennially toughest schools in Minnesota in Class A, Mountain Iron-Buhl. Last season you reached the State Tournament and finished as the Consolation Champions. What are some of your individual goals and team goals for this season as you try to advance even further this season?
My goals for myself this season are to just be the player my team needs me to be everyday. Whether I need to show up one day and be a scorer or show up the next and be a facilitator. Whatever it takes to win I am willing to do just that. Team goal is always the same. State Title. I think my goal is to make all of my teammates around me better and to have fun along the way. You only get so many years of high school basketball and I want to enjoy them.
4) You have the Minnesota State record for three pointers made in a season when you knocked down a staggering 137 and connected at nearly a 50% rate last season as just a Sophomore. What are some of the things that have made you a truly elite shooter who I'd argue has the best range in the Midwest and do you think you can reach that number again this season, or break it even?
I think that anyone who is considered a great shooter would say you have to put in the work. I would say just all of the hours I spend in the gym shooting the same shots over and over has just made me that much better. I also believe coming from such a fundamental program in MIB has also helped tremendously. Another big piece is just having confidence in yourself. I always tell myself after a miss, no matter how bad, that the next shot is going in no matter what. That is what I think separates most shooters. I think I could come close and even break my record from last year. I think the range I have will really help me with that this season. Being on a Single A team will make it more difficult for me to just find myself open at the three point line but I will take what the defense gives me. So I am not going to worry about breaking that record, but if that is what my team needs, it is what I will do.
5) Mountain Iron-Buhl is a basketball town, they have incredible passion for the game. Who were some of the players you looked up to going through the program, and what advice would you give to the younger players who are just getting started?
The players I looked up to most growing up in the program were Chelsea Mason, Mya Buffetta, and Macy Savela. I looked up to all of them for different reasons but I think the main reason was that they were just so much fun to watch. I love how you can tell they all had fun while competing at very high levels. The two very important things I would tell the younger players in the program would be to work hard, and have fun. I remember being a 7th grader getting thrown in at the end of a state tournament game to shoot a three. I didn’t get the ball but I like to think I would have made it. In all seriousness I just remember being so nervous when Coach Buffetta called my name but now I look back and that is a situation I would love to be in again. So I would say to not stress over the little things. The mistakes you make in a game don’t define who you are as a player and certainly not as a person. Most importantly I would say to put in work and then gain the confidence to put on a show.