SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick — The Saint John Riptide are excited to announce the return of versatile guard Jeremiah Mordi. The 6-foot-3 Lagos, Nigeria native who grew up in Valley Stream, New York (just outside of New York City) is returning to the Riptide after securing All-Rookie Team honors last year in his first season as a professional player in the NBL Canada.
“I decided to return to Saint John because i want to further my professional career and the Riptide helped me develop as a professional and person. Factors that weighed into my decision was how the city embraced me, the coaching staff, owners and their professionalism, and feeling like I have unfinished business in the league,” Mordi said.
Mordi averaged 12 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while dishing out 3 assists per game for the Riptide. An efficient player, Mordi shot 41 percent from the 3-point line, and 84 percent from the free-throw line while securing a high number of rebounds from the guard position.
“Jerry always does the little things. He is a pro’s pro. He is a fierce-but-poised competitor who is always eager to assume any role needed for team success,” Head Coach and General Manager Nelson Terroba said. “We trusted Jerry with guarding some of the best perimeter players in the NBL and he always took the challenge on without hesitation.”
In addition, Mordi became a Saint John fan favorite with his blue-collar work ethic and style of play. As much as Saint John embraced Mordi, he also had a great connection to the team and the city.
“I’m a basketball head. I enjoyed being able to have basketball as my primary focus and competing against some of the best players around the world,” Mordi said. “Also, I was a big fan of the food spots in Saint John.”
“Jeremiah started out the year on the inactive list, but quickly proved his worth and earned a spot in our rotation by always being ready,” Terroba said. “Jerry has an energy and spirit about him that lifts all around him. For us, he is a cultural driver — a person who represents our city and our team the right way every day in every way.”
For college, Mordi attended Queens College (Division II) in Queens, N.Y. where he graduated in 2015 with a double major in Sociology and Psychology. He averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game as a senior.
“The offseason is where you get a chance to make the most improvements in your game. I’ve taken the things I’ve learned in my rookie year and been focused on improving my weaknesses, as well as my strengths everyday in the gym,” Mordi said.
“We are excited to have Jerry back, and our coaching staff is excited to get to work with him again,” Terroba said.
Mordi expressed gratitude and excitement for the season ahead. “I’m thankful for having the opportunity to further my playing career with a classy organization that does things the right way. And to God and my family for their constant support,” Mordi said.
Link to Season Stats: http://www.nblcanada.ca/sports/mbkb/2017-18/players/jeremiahmordika82