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Jordan Morgan, University of Michigan, Basketball

by carmine on May 28, 2014

Spotlight Athlete Archive

One of our Unashamed Athletes Writers, Rick Keeler, was able to connect with Former Michigan Basketball Star, Jordan Morgan recently, talking to him about his faith, career, and whats next.

Jordan finished his career at Michigan as an influential veteran presence on the back to back Elite-8 basketball team. We hope that this interview encourages you as much as it did us.

194360_1664261847034_1251870304_31390760_2563131_oHow did you come to know the Lord?

I was raised in the church my whole life. I went to a catholic middle and high school. By the time I graduated from high school, I knew everything the was to know about God. I knew the stories of the Bible and I knew all about Jesus. The problem was that I did not truly KNOW GOD. I had never developed a real relationship with God. It was not until I went through adversity as a college student-athlete, did I question the foundation that I had built my life on. I began to meet with an Athletes in Action Representative on campus to deal with my struggles on and off the court. He began to teach me about Jesus’ love for us all. It was not long before I truly gave my life to the Lord. I have been working to improve that relationship constantly ever since.

Who have been your role models both on and off the basketball court?

The most significant role models in my life are most definitely my mother and father. For me, they both serve as a great example of selflessness and dedication. They have always worked so hard for my bothers and sisters and I to make sure that we have everything we need to be successful. As I’ve grown older, I’ve begun to realize just how much they have and continue to place our wants and needs above their own.

jordan-morganTalk about some of the fellowship opportunities you had at Michigan.

The Athletes in Action program at Michigan is full of a number of bright and talented student-athletes who work together to strengthen their relationships with the Lord. Through this program, I had the opportunity to take a trip with college basketball players like myself from all around the country to the Ivory Coast in West Africa. On this trip we were able to compete on the basketball court as well as serve the community with various forms of ministry. We had a great impact on the people there by sharing our testimonies, teaching clinics, and serving the community. One of the best experiences there was visiting a local orphanage housing many children who lost their families during civil war.

What is your favorite verse and how has it effected your life?

My favorite verse is Matthew 6:33. This verse tells me to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. In today’s world, this has become such a challenge. Everyone has such a selfish approach to life, consistently ignoring the wellbeing of those around them. Success has begun to be measured in the amount of money a person makes, and not the amount of change a person can have on the world around them. I challenge myself to focus on glorifying the Lord with everything that I do (seek first his righteousness) and know that the Lord with in turn provide me with whatever I could need (all these things will be added unto you).

Your last two seasons, the Wolverines went to the title game and the Elite Eight. What will you remember the most about your time at Michigan?

What I will remember most about my time at Michigan will be the relationships I built during my time there. My coaches have helped me to grow so much as a young man that I’m not sure I would recognize myself before I was molded by them. I have been blessed to have some of the most amazing young men as teammates during my years at Michigan. I have shared my whole life with the guys in that locker room and whether they know it or not, they helped me to grow just as much, if not more, than my coaches have. The staff around our program are just as much a part of the success of our program as any coach or player. They work hard to keep our program running without a hitch. They are the people of the utmost quality and I have enjoyed every interaction I have had with them.

If a teammate came up to you and asked you about Christ, what would you tell them?

jordan-morgan-michigan-basketballIf a teammate came up to me and asked me about Christ, I would tell them that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. I would tell them that Jesus gave up his life for us. He gave up his life for us so that we may experience the eternal glory that comes from dedicating your life to bringing honor to him. Through your faith that his sacrifice was sufficient to save us from any suffering, we are able to receive endless blessings in this life but also the most important blessing that is resting in the presence of the Lord in the next life.

What’s next for Jordan Morgan?

From here, I will begin training to continue a professional career. I have learned during my time at Michigan that there is no better platform to serve the Lord through serving others than the platform that we have as athletes. As an athlete, you are able to make such a positive change on the lives of those around you, which is truly what the Lord calls us all to do.

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