Former Salpointe basketball standout Jordan Gainey to play for South Carolina Upstate

(USC Upstate Graphic)

Former Salpointe standout Jordan Gainey announced his commitment to play for the University of South Carolina – Upstate on Wednesday. Gainey helped the Lancers win the 2020 4A state championship and he committed to play for Pima after high school before switching his commitment to South Kent Prep School in Connecticut.

“With Jordan we are adding a great player to our program that brings some qualities that we desperately need, he is an elite shooter and has a high level IQ on both ends of the court. He has played for some really good high school coaches and is the son of a college coach. We are beyond excited for Jordan Gainey…to join our program,” said USC Upstate head coach Dave Dickerson in a release after the signing.

Gainey is the son of former Arizona assistant Justin Gainey, who was hired on April 12 to be an assistant coach for Rick Barnes at Tennessee.

“I coached against Justin when he was the point guard at NC State,” Barnes said in a release from the university. “He was an incredibly tough competitor then, and he has that same tenacity now as a coach. Justin has a passion for on-court player development that fits well with our staff. Our players are going to love working with him to grow their game.

He’s proven that he can recruit effectively nationwide, and we’re particularly excited about his ability to maintain our strong ties throughout the state of North Carolina.”

USC – Upstate is located in Spartanburg and the program competes in the Big South Conference.


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