NJ Roadrunners Jordan Pierce & Darnell Brodie: Division 1 Ready

Jordan Pierce and Darnell Brodie both stand in at over 6’8”. They man the middle for the 16U NJ Roadrunners, and lately have been doing it pretty dominantly. If you saw them a few years ago you might think I have the wrong guys, but Coach John Gardner assures me it most definitely is them, “Jordan and Darnell have been with program director, Sandy Pyonin, since they were young. They exemplify everything that this program stands for: excellent in the classroom, respectful human beings, and outstanding work ethic.”

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It is no surprise that the Roadrunners program is responsible for the emergence of Jordan and Darnell as mid-major prospects. With 34 NBA players and over 200 NCAA players in 40 years, the program has established a culture that is second to none.

Gardner says, “As the oldest program in New Jersey we have created a ‘life first, basketball second’ mentality. You can’t succeed in the world without clear objectives and preparation so we stress that.” He continued. “Our average team GPA is right around a 3.5 because if you don’t take care of that part then you can’t wear the Roadrunner jersey.”

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Jordan and Darnell have embraced that aspect of the equation and are starting to make strides as players. They spend 6 days a week in the gym working on everything from strength training to agility training. They lead by example and take criticism in stride. Gardner even said, “One day a week we scrimmage with the bigs as our point guards. We want them to develop skills in every facet of the game so they can succeed at the next level.”

The next few months Darnell and Jordan will start to progress in the recruiting process. Them and their coaches have kept them on a steady development path that will ultimately pay dividends. When division 1 coaches see them this summer at Hoop Group Elite, and on the AAU circuit they will be scrambling to get involved.

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Oden Wyatt

Jordan Pierce is the real deal.