Ben Jordan is no longer a part of the Kentucky basketball program and will return to baseball exclusively next season.
According to a report by 247Sports – and confirmed by UK Athletics – Jordan has decided to return to baseball on a full-time basis after one season on the basketball roster.
After joining the basketball team in October to serve as a practice body, the 6-foot-9 forward ultimately appeared in two games on the year, taking just one shot against Eastern Kentucky.
“Like so many others in the state of Kentucky, basketball has been a part of my life since I was just a kid,” Jordan said in a statement after joining the basketball team last fall. “When the opportunity presented itself to join the UK basketball team, I wanted to go into it with an open mind, especially since I stepped away from the sport to focus on baseball. After a couple of days of practice, it’s clear to me that this is something I want to commit to.
“Baseball has been and will remain my top priority, but I’m excited about the opportunity and the challenge of competing in two sports I love to play. I’ve talked to Coach (Nick) Mingione about it and we did this with his full blessing. I’m looking forward to helping in practice and being a great teammate this season.”
Out of West Carter High School, Jordan finished his career as the school’s all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker and was eighth in school history in career points. As a senior, Jordan won the Eastern Kentucky Conference Defensive Player of the Year and added EKC First Team honors during his senior season.
As a baseball player, Jordan was an Under Armour All-American in 2016, Rawlings-Perfect Game Second Team All-American in 2017, and was considered the No. 97 overall baseball prospect and No. 33 right-handed pitcher in the class of 2017.
After redshirting his freshman year at Kentucky, Jordan returned to the field in 2019, where he appeared in 10 games and pitched 8.2 total innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs while striking out eight.