Jordan Hooper has been a strong performer on the court and in the classroom for four years at Nebraska. The two-time academic All-Big Ten selection carries nearly a 3.4 GPA as a psychology major and is on track to graduate in May of 2014. Hooper is a three-time selection to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and a two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. She has also claimed two University of Nebraska Honors Academic Medallions.
A tremendous leader by example on and off the court, Hooper is a three-time team captain for the Huskers. A four-year starter, Hooper has been an unselfish player with a contagious team-first attitude every day in practice, team meetings, leadership sessions and all other areas. Hooper has shown the will and determination to practice and play through pain in numerous situations to start 98 consecutive games. Raised on a ranch outside of the small Western Nebraska town of Alliance, Hooper owns an amazing work ethic with strong bonds and family ties to nearly everyone in the community. During the summer of 2013, Hooper also represented the United States at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. As a starting forward for Team USA in the championship game, Hooper scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds while showing her tireless effort to help the United States claim the gold medal.
During her time at Nebraska, Hooper has been an active participant in the Huskers’ award-winning life skills program. She has served as a volunteer at Belmont Elementary School for four years, and volunteered her time at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. Hooper was a motivational speaker during National American Education Week in 2011, and she was also a member of Nebraska’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In 2013, she also served as a volunteer at the Fastbreakers Booster Club 5K fun run fundraiser. She has also made several other hospital and school visits. In her hometown of Alliance, Hooper also remains an active member of community projects and interests.
A nominee for Wade, Naismith and Wooden National Player-of-the-Year awards in both 2013 and 2014, Jordan Hooper has a chance to go down in history as one of the top players ever at Nebraska. A two-time honorable-mention All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Hooper is well on her way to becoming just the third player in school history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in her career. She enters her senior season ranked 10th on the Nebraska scoring list with 1,685 points while ranking fifth with 811 career rebounds. The only other players in Nebraska history to reach the 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound combined milestones are 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings and 2010 first-team All-American and Senior CLASS Award winner Kelsey Griffin. Hooper is also in position to shatter Nebraska’s career three-point record. The 6-foot-2 forward enters the season with 215 threes, needing just 52 more to set the NU record. Hooper, who has started 98 consecutive games since opening night of her freshman season. She has helped Nebraska to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16. Hooper proved herself as one of the elite players in the nation entering 2013-14, when she competed on the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team in 2013. Hooper started the championship game, scoring nine points and grabbing nine rebounds, to help Team USA defeat home-standing Russia for the gold medal.