May 22, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - University of Utah men's basketball signee Jordan Loveridge has been named to PARADE's 56th Annual All-America basketball team. The announcement will appear in Parade Magazine's May 27th issue.
"This is a tremendous honor for Jordan and it recognizes all of his hard work," said Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak. "He works as hard any high school athlete out there and it's a great award for him to take as a springboard into his collegiate career. Hopefully it is one of many more accolades to come, and he deserves each one he gets."
Loveridge has continued to pile up local and national accolades following his senior season. An ESPNU Top 100 recruit, he was named the 2012 5A Player of the Year in Utah after leading the state in scoring and rebounding while collecting 18 double-doubles. Following the season, he participated in the BallisLife All-American game in Fullerton, Calif., where he scored 26 points and won the event's 3-point shooting contest.
From PARADE Magazine:
PARADE has been recognizing talented young athletes since 1957, when contributing editor Haskell Cohen, who was then a staff member of the National Basketball Association, asked coaches, scouts and recruiters to nominate the best high school basketball players in the country. The names of those chosen for the team were announced in an article in PARADE, and a tradition began.
Today, each year's team features some of the top high school basketball players in the country. Through the years, hundreds of PARADE basketball team members have gone on to play for professional teams. Those who became superstars include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Bradley, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Patrick Ewing, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Jason Kidd, Stephon Marbury and Shaquille O'Neal, to name just a few. In an article announcing the 2000 PARADE All-America team, Jabar said, "It was a real thrill for me to make it on the PARADE list early, when I was just a sophomore. The recognition is a great thing for kids to shoot for."