Former Utah State basketball center Jordan Stone made the decision this year to forfeit his last year of eligibility at USU and pursue other paths this summer. While with the Aggies Stone averaged 11.9 minutes per game, 2.7 points, and 2.8 rebounds. More impressive than what his stats showed Jordan was a huge game-changer on the defensive side. With his 6-foot-10 and 250 pound frame Jordan was able to muscle around in the paint with the biggest of opponents.
Although he and former teammate Danny Berger’s early departures left a lot of people scratching their heads in wonder about both the basketball program and the players, things seem to be rolling right along for Stone heading into the summer. Jordan has made two big commitments since he made the decision to forgo his last year with the Aggies.
Wanting to change things up a little, Jordan approached BYU-Hawaii and expressed his interest in playing for them. “They (BYU-Hawaii) seemed excited,” said Jordan. By the middle of April all talking was done and Stone was signed. Jordan said his decision to go to BYU-Hawaii was a difficult one.
When asked about it he said, “I will miss having family and friends close. It was a lot of fun playing in the Spectrum, the fans were awesome.”
Although Stone will be leaving, he will not be going alone.
Stone’s decision to play basketball elsewhere isn’t the only big decision he made this spring. In March, he proposed to his girlfriend Lindee McKinley and they are now set to be married July 15th in the Brigham City LDS Temple. Just a few weeks after being married the couple will get on a plane and head for Hawaii. It’s hard to imagine the future Mrs. Stone being too upset about that.
When asked about what he most looked forward to in Hawaii he said, “Living in Hawaii…and getting a new opportunity to play basketball. Mostly though, it will be nice to spend the first year of marriage away on an adventure and figure things out together.” Mr. and Mrs. Stone won’t be the only ones from Logan on the plane to Hawaii. Danny Berger has also signed on with BYU-Hawaii looking for a bigger role on the team.
Here’s hoping that Berger gets the aisle seat while sitting next to a newlywed couple on their flight to Hawaii.