2005 Pac-10 All-Academic (1st team) | 2006 Pac-10 All-Academic (2nd team)
Is the first three-sport letterman at Oregon since World War II (basketball, track, football). Is the Pac-10’s first three-sport letterman since Arizona State’s J.D. Hill (baseball, football, track) in 1967-70. Joins his father, Duck head coach Ernie Kent, as the first father-and-son, coach-player combination in the history of Oregon basketball. Is also the first second generation Duck basketball player in more than 40 years (Ernie Kent lettered at Oregon from 1974-77); the most recent one prior to Jordan was Stu Robertson (1958-60), who was the son of one of the Ducks’ best pre-World War II players, Jack “Spook” Robertson (1932-34).
A four-time track All-American. The 2003 200-meter NCAA West Regional winner (20.99). Ran the opening leg on school’s 2005 third-place NCAA 4x400 relay and anchored school-record 4x100 relay (39.20) that placed sixth. Anchored the 4x100 relay to its first Pac-10 title ever in the event in 2006. Owns collegiate bests of 10.41 (100), 20.82w (200), 46.95 (400) and 24-9 3/4 (long jump).
May forego final season of basketball eligibility to concentrate on a professional football career. Will make that decision at the end of the football season.
Quick and athletic. A disruptive force on defense, using his speed, leaping ability and reach to create turnovers. Brings terrific energy off the bench. Would not join the basketball squad until after football’s bowl game.
Accomplished remarkable feat of lettering in three sports -- football, basketball and track -- in the same academic year. A Pac-10 all-academic second team selection. Named the team’s Harry Ritchie Scholar-Athlete and RADM John Dick Defensive Player of the Year awards winner. After spending most of the fall with the football team, appeared in 25 games, starting 15. Averaged 3.0 points per game and was third on the squad in rebounding at 4.4 per game. Led team in rebounding five times. Had eight rebounds and a career-high five assists in Jan. 12 win against Arizona State. Lone double-figure scoring game, 13 points, came Jan. 19 at Washington State. Also grabbed season-high 12 boards in that game for his second career double-double. Had 11 rebounds in win over the Cougars in the Pac-10 tournament. On the gridiron: Played in eight games, with his most extensive action coming against Montana (18 plays). Scored his first touchdown on a 68-yard pass from Dennis Dixon at Washington State. Completed inaugural football season with three catches for 114 yards (38.0 avg.) and one score.
Played in all 27 games, starting the final nine. Was third on the team in rebounding (4.4 rpg) and seventh in scoring (4.8 ppg). Led team in rebounding in six games. Extraordinary effort in Feb. 10 overtime loss to Washington, with team highs in points (19) and rebounds (16). Both were career highs as he nearly became Oregon’s first 20-20 player since Greg Ballard had 41 points and 20 rebounds against California in 1977. Netted 14 points with three steals in win over New Mexico and dropped in 10 points in a loss at California. Had 10 rebounds in a home loss to Arizona State. Earned Pac-10 all-academic second team honors.
Was a terrific asset on defense, particularly in the full court press. Also showed break away speed in the transition game. Played in 29 games and averaged 1.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per contest. Missed the season opener with a sprained left ankle and missed the Feb. 14 Washington State game with a sprained right ankle. Season-best four assists in Santa Clara win. Seven points and a season-high four rebounds in win at Portland. Best game of the year was the Feb. 7 win against Oregon State when he scored a season-high nine points, grabbed three rebounds and tallied a season-high three steals.
An 11-time state champion combining his individual and team basketball and track titles. Helped Churchill High School win 4A state championships in both basketball and track as a junior and repeated as track champions as a senior. Averaged 18.0 points per game as a senior to help lead Churchill to a 20-4 record and a seventh-place finish at the state championships under coach John Roche. Named first-team all-state as a senior. Scored 12.8 points per game as a junior to go along with 4.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the Lancers and scored 20 points in the state title game against Benson. On the track, led the Lancers to back-to-back state crowns by winning Class 4A individual titles in the 400-, 200- and 100-meters races and the long jump as a senior, after posting individual wins in the 400- and 200-meter races and the long jump his junior season. Also won the 400-meters as a sophomore for eight career prep track titles. Two-time state track athlete of the year. The state prep record holder in the 200-meters and the long jump. Four-year letterman in both basketball and track. Four-year member of the honor roll.
Born Jordan Russell Kent July 24, 1984, in Dhaharan, Saudi Arabia. Parents are Ernie and Dianna Kent. One brother and one sister. Father is Oregon’s head basketball coach. Sister McKenzie is a UO cheerleader. Involved in Young Life. Would like to run in the Olympics for the United States. High School (Coach): Churchill (John Roche). Has already completed his business administration degree requirements.