Basketball has been a source of struggle and lately joy for sophomore Jordan Radcliff.

Back in his home state, Ohio, Jordan was a standout high school basketball guard. He averaged 20-plus points per game his last two years, but had zero offers leading to college. His freshman year he attended The Ohio State University as a regular student, assuming his basketball career was over.

After a year, the basketball itch scratched again, and Jordan needed to get back on the court. He had family in Palos Hills who connected him with Moraine Valley athletic director Bill Finn in summer 2015. That fall he walked on to the Cyclone basketball team, which won the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference that season. Although he wasn’t a star player that year, he put in the work to earn a scholarship his second season at Moraine Valley.

By playing the game and being a part of the Cyclone family, Jordan learned more than just better moves on the court. “Playing basketball has taught me to give the world the best version of me. It’s taught me how to become a man and a better person,” he said. “The work ethic that I bring to the court I now bring to the workplace and to relationships with others. Basketball taught me to work hard when nobody is looking, to hold myself accountable, to treat everyone with respect, to work well with others, and to stay humble no matter what.”

Basketball hasn’t been his only influence while at Moraine Valley. “I joined the Honors Program, which is huge to me. My freshman year, [the basketball team] had an opportunity to volunteer to help those in need in the city of Chicago. The relationships that I’ve developed with the staff, not only with my coaches, but in the Athletics Office, the Student Success Center, and with my professors have helped me mature into the man that I am today,” he said.

He recently signed to continue his education and play ball at Roosevelt University beginning this fall. Ultimately, he wants to study actuarial science after playing a few years of professional basketball overseas. In the long run, however, Jordan aspires to own a gym to train and improve the basketball skills of athletes of all ages and skill levels.