In the fall of 1978, Michael Jordan, a sophomore at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, was cut from the varsity team. He played on the junior varsity squad and tallied several 40-point games. During his two seasons of varsity high school basketball from 1979 to 1981, Michael Jordan averaged around 25 points per game.Continue Reading
As a senior, Jordan was selected to the McDonald's All-American Team after averaging a triple-double: 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 10.1 assists. A triple-double is defined as a performance in which a player accumulates double-digit totals in three of five statistical categories — points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots — in a game.
Jordan’s performance during his senior season earned him a selection to the 1981 McDonald's All-American Team and a chance to play in the annual All-American game in Wichita, Kansas. Jordan scored 30 points during the game and was given the Most Valuable Player Award after making the final two free throws to give his team the win.
Jordan also played varsity baseball while in high school, and during the 1980 season he pitched 45 consecutive innings without the opposing teams scoring a run. He was recruited by universities across the country for both his basketball and baseball talents, but he eventually accepted a scholarship to play basketball at the University of North Carolina.Learn more about Athletes
Michael Jordan is a former NBA player; he is regarded by many to be the greatest NBA player to play the game. A shooting guard from 1984 to 2003, Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards. He currently owns the Charlotte Bobcats NBA franchise.Full Answer >
According to the NBA, Michael Jordan is 6 feet, 6 inches tall. Known as the greatest basketball player ever, Jordan was cut from the varsity basketball team as a 5-foot, 11-inch, skinny high school sophomore.Full Answer >
Michael Jordan chose to wear the number 23 because his brother's favorite jersey number was 45, and 23 was close to half of that number. When Jordan came out of retirement, he briefly wore the number 45 before returning to his signature number.Full Answer >
Michael Jordan shot 49.7 percent from the field in his career, and he made 83.5 percent of his free throws. He also connected on 32.7 percent of his shots from three-point range. Jordan averaged 30.1 points per game during the regular season.Full Answer >