Graduation was fast approaching for Annapolis' Jourdan Stickler, but the 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard entered this week with his post-high school plans completely up in the air.
Several Division I programs expressed interest in Stickler during his first-team All-Metro senior season with the Panthers, but the wait for scholarship offers continued through the spring.
"I don't know if surprised would be the right word, but definitely disappointed," Stickler said about his lack of offers. "I'd see a lot of my friends who played ball for other schools already committed. I kind of just wondered when it was going to be my time."
Stickler’s time turned out to be Tuesday – two days before Annapolis High’s graduation. On an official visit to
"It feels like a weight is lifted off my shoulders. I feel great right now," Stickler said. "I had a lot of people like [coach] Eric Elston and my parents. They kept telling me to push through. Good things will happen. God will bless you, and he did. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I think it did."
One of the most consistently interested recruiters of Stickler during his senior season was
Stickler didn’t know much about Morehead State before Ellis started recruiting him, but he quickly discovered that the
"It's good," Stickler said. "The weather is nice, up in the mountains. It's very rural, but I like it. [The] people are nice, campus is beautiful. … [It's in] the foothills, close to an hour away from Lexington in the Daniel Boone national forest."
Stickler, who transferred to Annapolis from Oak Hill (Va.) for his senior year and averaged 25.6 points and 8.1 rebounds, is joining an Eagles team that went 18-15 last season and finished 10-6 in conference. Stickler said the coaches think he will make an immediate impact.
"They like the way I shoot the ball. Very efficient," he said. "They told me I can come and make shots, work hard. They can see me playing. They said they need a shooter. I like to think that's what I'm best at."
If not for Morehead State’s offer, Stickler isn’t quite sure what he would have done.