Honors & Awards
- Wade, Naismith, Wooden Award Candidate (2013, 2014
- Wade, Naismith Midseason Candidate (2012)
- WBCA All-American (HM, 2012, 2013)
- Associated Press All-American (HM, 2012, 2013)
- First-Team WBCA All-Region 6 (1 of 5, 2012, 2013)
- USA Basketball World University Games Team (1 of 12, 2013)
- First-Team All-Big Ten (1 of 5, 2012, 2013)
- Big Ten All-Tournament Team (1 of 5, 2012)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)
- No. 10 at Nebraska in Career Points (1,685)
- No. 5 at Nebraska in Career Rebounds (811)
- No. 2 at Nebraska in Career 3FG Made (215)
- Tied Nebraska Junior Season Record 3FG Made (81)
- 98 Consecutive Starts to Open Nebraska Career
- No. 2 at Nebraska in Career Double-Doubles (26)
- Six Career 30-Point Games (2, 2012-13)
- 33 Career 20-Point Games (12, 2012-13)
- No. 5 in Big Ten Scoring (17.9 ppg, 2013)
- No. 4 in Big Ten Rebounding (8.8 rpg, 2013)
- No. 5 in Big Ten 3FG Made (2.4, 2013)
- No. 8 in Big Ten in Free Throw Percentage (.821, 2013)
- Six-Time Big Ten Player of the Week
(Dec. 12, 2011, Dec. 26, 2011, Jan. 2, 2012, Dec. 24, 2012, Feb. 5, 2013, Feb. 12, 2013)
- CollegeSportsMadness.com Third-Team All-American (2013)
- CollegeSportsMadness.com Fourth-Team All-American (2012)
- First Sophomore in Nebraska History with 1,000 Career Points
- Big 12 All-Freshman Team (2011)
- Four-Time 2011-12 Big 12 Freshman of the Week
(Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Feb. 7, Feb. 21)
- No. 1 on Nebraska Freshman Season Three-Point List (67, 2010-11)
- Tied School Record with Seven Three-Pointers (at Missouri, Feb. 2, 2011)
- One of Nine Freshmen in NU History to Start Every Game (31, 2010-11)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012; Spring 2012, 2013)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2010)
- WBCA Honorable-Mention High School All-American (2010)
- Two-Time Gatorade Nebraska High School Player of the Year (2008, 2010)
- Three-Time Nebraska Super-State (Lincoln Journal Star, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- Three-Time All-Nebraska (Omaha World-Herald, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- Four-Time First-Team Nebraska All-Class B (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- Honorary Captain of Class B All-State Team (2008, 2009, 2010)
- Two-Time Miss Basketball Showcase All-American (Kearney, 2007, 2009)
- Three-Time Class B All-State Volleyball Player (HM, 2007, 3rd, 2008, 2nd, 2009)
Jordan Hooper enters her senior season at Nebraska working to put the finishing touches on one of the finest careers in Husker history.
The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., will be a candidate for Wade, Naismith and Wooden National Player-of-the-Year awards again as a senior, after earning honorable-mention All-America accolades each of the past two seasons.
The two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection on the court is also a two-time academic All-Big Ten pick in the classroom. She is expected to contend for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, while also earning nominations for the Senior CLASS Award and the WBCA Good Works Team for her efforts in the community.
In addition to serving as an outstanding representative for the state of Nebraska, Hooper represented the United States as a member of USA Basketball's Women's World University Games Team in the summer of 2013. Hooper helped lead the USA to a gold medal by starting the championship game against a home-standing Russian squad that featured several 2012 Olympians. She scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds in the gold medal win.
After a tremendous offseason, Hooper enters her fourth year as a starter ranked 10th in school history with 1,685 points and fifth in the NU record book with 811 rebounds. She is in position to challenge for the top two spots in Husker history in scoring and rebounding while becoming just the third player in the NU record book to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Along the way, Hooper could shatter Nebraska's career three-point record. She enters her senior season with 215 threes, needing just 52 more to catch NU all-time leader Kiera Hardy at 267. Hooper has averaged nearly 72 threes per season.
A truly explosive scorer, Hooper owns six career 30-point games and 33 career 20-point scoring efforts. She also enters her senior season ranked third in school history with 26 double-doubles. She needs 10 more to match 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings and 14 more double-doubles to catch 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin's NU career mark.
A reliable workhorse on the court and a strong leader by example, Hooper has started 98 consecutive games since opening night of her freshman season, while averaging nearly 1,000 minutes per year. She is on pace to rank among the top three players in school history in starts, games played and minutes played.
She also hopes to join rare company in Husker history by leading Nebraska back to its third consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2014.
"Jordan is one of the best players the state of Nebraska has ever produced and one of the best players in the history of the Nebraska basketball program," Coach Connie Yori said. "She is extremely athletic and versatile. She is more than just a good athlete, she has great basketball skill. She also has an excellent work ethic, and is a strong student."
Hooper earned All-America honors for the second straight season in 2012-13. A candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden National Player-of-the-Year awards, Hooper earned honorable-mention All-America accolades from the WBCA and Associated Press, and was a first-team All-Big Ten pick for the second time.
She also became the first player in Husker history to produce back-to-back 600-point/300-rebound seasons.
Hooper averaged 17.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals, including 16 points and 10.3 rebounds in helping the Huskers to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16. She opened the tournament with a 21-point, 12-rebound effort in NU’s win over Chattanooga, before adding 21 points, eight boards and three steals at No. 9 Texas A&M March 25. She added six points and 11 rebounds in a regional semifinal loss to No. 5 Duke, despite missing the game’s final eight minutes with an ankle injury.
In 18 games against 2013 NCAA Tournament teams, Hooper produced 16 double-figure scoring efforts and six double-digit rebound marks. In back-to-back games against second-round NCAA teams Florida State (Dec. 8) and South Florida (Dec. 16), Hooper averaged 30.0 points and 13.0 rebounds. She had a career-high 36 points on a season-high six threes against the Seminoles. She had 24 points and a season-best 14 boards along with a career-high three blocks vs. the Bulls.
During a five-game stretch from Jan. 24 through Feb. 11, Hooper averaged 25.6 points and 7.2 rebounds to claim back-to-back Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honors (Feb. 5, Feb. 12).
Hooper notched 12 20-point scoring efforts in 2012-13, including three in the final five games. She also had nine double-doubles to increase her career total to 26.
Hooper had 33 points and nine rebounds in a win over Oral Roberts Dec. 20. She had 29 points and 10 boards against Idaho State Dec. 1. She had 27 points against Minnesota Feb. 3, after producing 28 points at Ohio State Jan. 31. That followed a 25-point effort in a win over No. 25 Michigan State Jan. 24. She had 27 points vs. Northern Arizona Nov. 16. Hooper had 15 points and 14 boards against No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5, before notching 11 points and 11 rebounds at Indiana Jan. 10. She had 14 points and 12 rebounds in a win at Michigan Feb. 21, and 19 points and 10 boards against Sam Houston State Nov. 20. She had 12 points, 14 boards and three steals against Temple Nov. 11.
Off the court, Hooper earned academic All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season, while also claiming spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13.
Following her junior season, Hooper earned one of 12 spots on the USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team that won gold in Kazan, Russia in July of 2013. In the championship game against a Russian team that featured several 2012 Olympians, Hooper scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds in her first international start. She led the USA to a 90-71 win.
In six games at the World University Games, Hooper averaged 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game, giving her per 40-minute averages of 16.6 points and 14.9 boards.
Hooper earned honorable-mention All-America accolades from the AP after becoming the first sophomore in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000-career point plateau. She achieved the mark with 18 points in a career-low 16 minutes in the Huskers' first-round Big Ten Tournament win over Northwestern March 1 - her 60th career collegiate game.
The first-team All-Big Ten pick closed the Big Ten Tournament with three straight double-doubles, including 25 points and 10 rebounds in the title game against No. 21 Purdue. She earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament team with 19.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
Hooper just missed a double-double in Nebraska's first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas in Little Rock, Ark., March 18. She finished with 11 points and nine rebounds despite missing the entire week of practice leading up to the game because of a stress reaction in her lower leg.
Hooper produced 15 20-point games, including three 30-point efforts, while notching a Big Ten-best 14 double-doubles. She led the Big Ten in rebounding (9.3 rpg) and finished fourth in scoring (18.9 ppg). She produced double figures in 32 of 33 games, registering double digits in 57 of her first 64 career games.
Hooper's 624 points were the most ever scored by a Nebraska sophomore, and ranked as the eighth-best single-season scoring total in Husker history. Her 306 rebounds ranked No. 3 all-time among NU sophomores and sixth overall on the Husker single-season charts.
Hooper's 143 made free throws on the season ranked sixth in Nebraska history, while trailing Lindsey Moore's 145 among the 2011-12 Huskers. Hooper's 183 free throw attempts led the team and ranked seventh all-time on the NU charts.
Hooper produced the first of 14 double-doubles on the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes in a win over Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 15. She also tied a career high with three blocks and drained five threes against the Devilettes.
She added 22 points and 13 rebounds the next time out in the Huskers' win over No. 23 USC on Nov. 18. She added 21 points and eight boards in a win at Florida A&M Nov. 25.
Hooper had 12 points and eight boards despite 3-for-15 shooting in a win over Florida State Nov. 27, before notching her third double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 boards at eventual NCAA Sweet 16 qualifier Georgia Tech on Nov. 30.
After a solid 22-point, six-rebound performance against eventual NCAA qualifier and in-state rival Creighton, Hooper poured in a season-high 32 points while grabbing eight rebounds in Nebraska's 97-88 double-overtime win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. She hit 11-of-17 shots from the field, including 5-of-7 three-pointers while playing just 32 of 50 minutes in the game because of early foul trouble. Hooper scored 25 points after halftime, including a three with 24 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. She also established her career high with four steals against the Lumberjacks.
Against Northern Arizona, Hooper joined Lindsey Moore (31) in becoming the first teammates in Nebraska history to score 30 or more points in the same game.
She followed her 32-point performance at NAU with 21 points and 14 rebounds in just 25 minutes in a win over Vermont on Dec. 18. She then poured in 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a win over eventual NCAA Tournament qualifier South Dakota State on Dec. 21.
She opened Big Ten play with 31 points and 12 rebounds in a 71-63 win at No. 16 Penn State. She joined fellow Alliance, Neb., native Amy Stephens (1989) as the only Huskers in history with three 30-point efforts in a four-game stretch. Hooper's December surge earned her three Big Ten Player-of-the-Week awards (Dec. 12, Dec. 26, Jan. 2).
Hooper produced a double-double in her Big Ten home debut with 21 points and 11 rebounds against Indiana. She added her eighth double-double of the year with 19 points and 14 rebounds at No. 10 Ohio State on Jan. 19. She added a huge 22-point, 15-rebound performance in a home win over Iowa on Jan. 26.
She struggled with one of the worst shooting performance of her career by going just 4-of-24, including 1-of-12 from three-point range in a win at Illinois on Jan. 29, but she still finished with 12 points and a then-career-high 16 rebounds. She became just the third player in NU history to grab 15 or more boards in consecutive games.
Hooper found her shooting stroke with 27 points, seven rebounds and five threes in a career-high 51 minutes in a 93-89 3OT win at No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2.
Hooper added 19 points and a career-high 18 boards against Wisconsin Feb. 19, before contributing 15 points and 10 rebounds against Iowa March 2, and 21 points and 10 rebounds against No. 14 Ohio State March 3.
She also produced a solid season in the classroom, earning academic All-Big Ten honors and a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2012.
Hooper made an immediate impact for the Huskers, leading the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game as a freshman, while ranking second on the team in rebounding with 6.6 boards per contest. Her 67 three-pointers also led the Huskers while shattering the previous NU freshman record of 46 set by two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge in 1994-95.
Hooper finished as the No. 1 rebounder among all Big 12 freshmen, while ranking second among Big 12 freshmen in three-pointers made and third in scoring. She was one of five members of the Big 12 All-Freshman Team, while also claiming four Big 12 Freshman-of-the-Week awards.
She produced one of the best games by a freshman in school history with a season-high 31 points, including a school-record-tying seven three-pointers at Missouri on Feb. 2. Hooper scored 28 second-half points - the most by any player in the Big 12 in a half in 2010-11. She also pulled down eight rebounds at MU.
Hooper produced double figures in 25 games, including each of NU's final seven contests. She was held to a season-low seven points on two occasions (Saint Mary's, Oklahoma State), while also settling for a pair of eight-point efforts (Iowa State-twice) and two nine-point performances (Marist, South Florida). She scored in double figures in 13 of NU's 16 regular-season Big 12 games and produced 16 points and seven rebounds against Iowa State at the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., on March 8.
Hooper scored 20 or more points on six occasions, including 31 at Missouri. She added 25 points and six rebounds in just 24 minutes in a win over Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 26, when she went 12-of-14 from the field. She added 25 points and a season-high 13 rebounds against eventual Conference USA regular-season champion Houston in Las Vegas on Dec. 18.
She had 22 points and six boards while going 4-of-7 from three-point range in NU's win over eventual ACC regular-season champion Miami on Nov. 17. She added 20 points and nine rebounds against NCAA Tournament-bound Kansas State on Feb. 19, after producing 20 points and seven boards against Florida A&M on Jan. 2.
Hooper produced three double-doubles, beginning with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Creighton on Dec. 8. She posted her second double-double against Houston, before adding 18 points and 10 rebounds against eventual NCAA Sweet 16 participant Louisville in Las Vegas on Dec. 20. All four of her double-figure rebound totals came away from the Devaney Center, with three straight coming at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas when she averaged 17.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game against three 2011 NCAA Tournament teams (Houston, Marist, Louisville).
As a three-point shooter, Hooper hit at least one three in 29 of 31 games. She hit a three in each of her first 16 games, going 36-of-86 (41.9 percent) during the stretch.
Hooper closed the year by hitting at least one three-pointer in 13 straight games. Hooper finished the year as a 36.4 percent three-point shooter, which ranked as the second-best percentage in NU history by a freshman.
Hooper also ranked second among the Huskers with 16 blocked shots, including a career-high three against both Nebraska-Omaha (Nov. 26) and Colorado (March 2). She recorded multiple blocks in five contests. Her 24 steals also tied for second on the team.
Hooper won her first Big 12 Player-of-the-Week honor (Nov. 22) by scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds in her collegiate debut in a win over Vermont on Nov. 13. It was one of the top performances by a freshman in a season opener in school history.
She earned her second conference weekly award (Nov. 29) after recording 25 points, six rebounds and three blocks against UNO, after opening the week with 16 points and six boards at Washington State on Nov. 22. She also was named the Fanhouse Terrific 12 Team of the Week for those two performances.
Hooper's third conference honor (Feb. 7) came after her record-making 31-point, seven three-point effort at Missouri on Feb. 2, which preceded 14 points and five rebounds at Colorado on Feb. 6.
She claimed her fourth Big 12 honor (Feb. 21) after registering 20 points and nine rebounds against Kansas State on Feb. 19, which followed on the heels of a 12-point, eight-rebound performance at Texas on Feb. 15.
During the offseason, Hooper focused on expanding her offensive weapons and becoming more aggressive on both ends of the court. Her success in accomplishing those goals was evident during the Huskers' 11-day trip to Europe in August. Hooper led NU by averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds over four games, including 33 points against the Danish National Team and 21 points against the Swedish National Team.
Also a standout in the classroom, Hooper earned spots on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2010-11.
A three-time first-team Super-State selection by the Lincoln Journal Star and a three-time first-team All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha World-Herald, Hooper was one of the most dominant players in the history of the state.
As a senior, the two-time Gatorade Nebraska High School Player of the Year (2008, 2010) averaged 26.1 points, 15.2 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 2.5 assists and 5.0 blocked shots. She also set the state record with 380 rebounds as a senior, which broke her own previous single-season state mark.
In her four-year career, Hooper finished fifth in Nebraska history with 2,078 points, while ranking second in state history in rebounding with 1,337. She added approximately 400 steals, 200 assists and 350 blocked shots in her high school career.
Hooper helped Coach Nate Lanik and the Bulldogs (20-5) to a third-place Class B state finish in 2010. In the final game of her career, she poured in a Class B state tournament record 47 points to lead Alliance to a 70-59 win over Omaha Skutt. Earlier in the season, she pumped in 54 points against Scottsbluff in January for the third-best scoring total in state history.
Hooper, who led Alliance to its first-ever state championship as a freshman in 2007, before adding a runner-up finish as a sophomore in 2008, and a third-place showing in 2009, finished second in state history in tournament scoring with 271 points. Her 100 points in three tournament games as a senior were a Nebraska Class B record.
A four-time first-team Class B all-state selection, Hooper averaged 23.2 points, 14.3 rebounds, 4.6 steals and 4.6 blocks per game as a junior in 2008-09.
In her final game as a junior in a state tournament win over Holdrege, Hooper exploded for 34 points, 18 rebounds and 13 blocked shots. She was named the captain of the Lincoln Journal Star’s Class B all-state team.
As a sophomore, Hooper averaged 17.5 points and 13.2 rebounds per game on her way to capturing 2008 Gatorade Nebraska High School Player-of-the-Year honors. She was also a member of the All-State Tournament Team again after helping the Bulldogs to a state runner-up finish.
As a freshman, she averaged 16.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game on her way to capturing second-team All-Nebraska and Super-State recognition. She was named to the All-Class State Tournament Team after leading the Bulldogs to their first-ever state title. She was the honorary captain of the Class B All-State team and was named the Scottsbluff Star-Herald Player of the Year. She also earned All-America honors at the Miss Basketball Showcase.
At the 2009 Miss Basketball Showcase in Kearney, Hooper led Team Runza by averaging 16.4 points per game to earn All-America honors at the tournament.
In addition to her success on the basketball court, Hooper was also an all-state volleyball player and competed in track and field. She received a scholarship offer from traditional power Nebraska to play volleyball, but chose to pursue basketball at the collegiate level. She was a four-time letterwinner as a volleyball player and also earned four letters in track and field.
Hooper won the 2010 Class B state long jump title by soaring 18-8 1/4. Earlier in the season, she notched a season-best leap of 18-10 1/2. At the state meet, Hooper also ran the second leg on Alliance's 4x100-meter relay team that finished fourth, while taking seventh as an individual in the Class B 200-meter dash (25.947).
Hooper finished fourth at state in the long jump in 2009 with a leap of 17-3. She also finished fifth in the 200 with a time of 26.49.
In 2008, Hooper was the state runner-up in the long jump when she soared 18-2. She also finished second in the state in the long jump as a freshman in 2007.
Academically, Hooper ranked in the top 10 percent of her high school class with a weighted GPA of better than 4.7. She was a three-time academic all-state selection in both basketball and volleyball. She was a member of the National Honor Society and volunteered on behalf of a canned food drive, breast cancer awareness outreach, an elementary after-school program and the Special Olympics.
Jordan is the daughter of Brian and Jodene Hooper, and has one brother, Kyle, who is a redshirt freshman wide receiver at Chadron State in 2013. Jordan was born in Alliance on Feb. 20, 1992. Her family home is approximately 45 minutes northeast of Alliance. Her father is a fourth-generation rancher with 7,000 acres of land in Sheridan County. Hooper is a psychology major and earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012 and 2013. She is a three-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection, and was a two-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll pick in 2010-11.
Hooper chose Nebraska over Kansas, Kansas State, Wyoming, Colorado State and Stanford.
Five Facts About Jordan
- Jordan can juggle.
- Jordan loves hot dogs.
- She eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before every game.
- Jordan grew up on a ranch near Alliance, Neb., and participated in 4-H for three years.
- Jordan and her younger brother, Kyle, saved their own money to pay for a 25-by-50 foot concrete slab so they could practice basketball at their ranch. The court, complete with a three-point line, covered up their grandma Dorothy's garden.
Hooper's Career Statistics