Former Liberty County High School basketball player Jordan McRae was home last Feb. 18 to watch his Panther team beat Kendrick High, 92-71 in the first round of the state playoffs.
McRae, who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, was honored at halftime. He is the first Panther to have his basketball jersey retired. Several of McRae’s high school teammates, including current boys varsity coach Julian Stokes, were on hand as the former University of Tennessee guard received his framed high school uniform from LCHS Principal Stephanie Woods and Athletic Director Warnella Wilder.
McRae was a four-star recruit by his senior year and was ranked the No. 10 guard in the state and 38th player in the nation.
During his four years as a Volunteer, McRae played in 114 games with 74 starts, averaging 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 27.1 minutes per games.
After college, McRae was the 58th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs. He was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers and played on their summer league team. McRae signed with Melbourne (Australia) United for the 2014-15 National Basketball League season where he was named player of the week and later player of the month in December. He finished the NBL season averaging 19.9 points per game.
In 2015, McRae was acquired by the Delaware 87ers of the NBA-D League where he set a single game record with 61 points against the Canton Charge in January 2016.
Last summer, the Cavaliers optioned McRae’s contract.
To date, McRae has played in 37 games with four starts and is averaging 4.4 points per game in Cleveland.