Houston-area basketball standout Rutherford signs with Eagles

Houston-area prep basketball standout Jordan Rutherford has signed to play at Oklahoma Christian.
Houston-area prep basketball standout Jordan Rutherford has signed to play at Oklahoma Christian.

BELLAIRE, Texas (April 24, 2013) – Jordan Rutherford, who helped Episcopal High School to a conference title and a No. 1 ranking among Houston-area prep boys basketball programs, has signed a letter of intent to play collegiately at Oklahoma Christian, OC coach Dan Hays said Wednesday.

Rutherford, a 6-6 forward, averaged 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for Episcopal, which finished 30-2 and won the Southwest Preparatory Conference Division I title this past season.

Rutherford shot 52 percent from the field, 34 percent from 3-point range and 87 percent from the free-throw line.

“Jordan Rutherford is a tremendous prospect as we continue to sign top players from the Houston area,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “He played on a championship team at a very high level. Late in the season his team was ranked No. 1 in the Greater Houston area. He is a smooth outside shooter who will help us be a much better 3-point shooting team.”

Hays said he expected Rutherford to provide “immediate help for the 2013-14 season. He should be capable of playing many positions, based on his inside-outside game. Personally, I can’t help but draw comparisons to (former OC standout and 2005 NAIA player of the year) Jarred Merrill, based on length, body type and pure stroke.”

Rutherford is the fourth player to sign with the Eagles for the 2013-14 season, joining John Moon of Crescent High School and Zach Norris of Coweta High School, who signed in November, and Deric Shelton of Plainview High School in Ardmore, who signed earlier this month.