Former First Presbyterian Christian Academy basketball player Jordan Johnson and former Bradwell Institute player Jon Blair are headed to professional-basketball careers.
Johnson, who played collegiately for East Georgia State College and finished his career at Tennessee Tech, is in the city of Manabi, Ecuador, training to play for H.R. Portoviejo.
Meanwhile, Blair — who briefly was Johnson’s teammate at East Georgia before finishing his collegiate career at Armstrong State University — flew out last week to Europe.
“For the first couple of weeks, I will be trying out for Switzerland,” Blair said. “There are a few other teams over there that have also expressed interest in me as well ... possibly Norway.”
Blair said he went to display his talents at the college showcase in Las Vegas during the same week as the NBA Summer League. He finished as the tournament MVP, and offers started coming in.
Blair said his dad, Henry Blair, an assistant basketball coach at Bradwell, told him he had the right skill and, from here forward, should focus on the mental aspects of the game.
While overseas, Blair leaves his fiancée, Tiara Baker, and son, Christian Jamal Blair, in the care of his parents and friends. He said his dad told him to go out and do what he does best, knowing his family in being well cared for.
Blair said he wasn’t nervous about playing but, rather, adapting to a new environment and breaking down language barriers.