CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Dean and Markel Families Men’s Head Basketball Coach Tony Bennett announced Tuesday (April 18) the addition of forward Jordan Minor (Kingston, Mass.) to the Cavaliers’ program.
Minor has signed a financial aid agreement and is transferring to Virginia after playing four seasons at Merrimack College.
“We are excited to add Jordan to the Virginia basketball family,” Bennett said. “He is a great athlete with a strong work ethic. Jordan had an excellent four-year career at Merrimack, and we look forward to him joining our program.”
The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Minor averaged 17.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.4 steals per game en route to Northeast Conference Co-Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and All-NEC First Team honors in 2022-23. He led the NEC in rebounds per game (9.4), blocks (59), blocks per game (2.36), offensive rebounds (82) and offensive rebounds per game (3.28), while ranking second in scoring (17.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.519) and defensive rebounds per game (6.42).
Minor scored 19 points along with seven rebounds as Merrimack won its first NEC championship with a 67-66 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. The Warriors finished the season on an 11-game winning streak. Minor was also named to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) District I Team, as well as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 15 team. Minor became the 16th player in program history to score over 1,000 points and pull down over 500 rebounds.
“I think UVA was a no-brainer for me,” Minor said. “The amazing coaching staff and winning culture is something that’s important to me. I believe in Coach Bennett’s vision for the team and myself, and we want to be back in the Final Four competing for a national championship.”
Minor earned All-NEC second-team honors as a junior in 2021-22, averaging 15.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.43 blocks per game. In 2020-21, he earned All-NEC third-team accolades after averaging 12 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Minor averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game during his final high school season at Brimmer and May (Newton, Mass.) in 2018-19.