|Hometown:||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|High School:||Dante Alighieri|
|Previous College:||College of Southern Idaho|
Above all else, senior forward Juliano Jordani needs one thing in 2000-01. He needs his health. He needs his ankle to stay unsprained and his back to remain unstrained. The Gauchos need that too. To be successful this season, Jordani simply needs to stay healthy and if he does, he could become one of UCSB's top rebounders and offensive threats. He has the ability to score both inside and out, if, that is, he stays healthy.
Cruising. Cruising. Cruising. Ouch!
Jordani was cruising along last year. Through six games, he was averaging 10.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He had scored a career-high 19 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds in a game at the University of San Francisco. He'd had a game of eight points and eight rebounds against Stanford. He had 13 points and eight rebounds against both USC and Pepperdine. Then, he injured his ankle and things went downhill. He missed two games and never truly rebounded. In the seven games immediately following his return from the ankle injury, Jordani went 6-for-32 from the field, a miserable 27.3%, and he averaged 3.1 points and 2.7 rebound per outing.
Welcome Back, Juliano...On Second Thought
Just when it seemed as if he was about to hit his stride again last season, Jordani suffered another injury. In a home victory over Idaho, Jordani scored nine points, his highest scoring output in the 11 games following his return from the ankle injury. Then, in practice prior to a two game road trip, he suffered a strained back and it was, no pun intended, back to square one. He missed back-to-back (sorry) games at Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine and when he returned, he went scoreless in three straight games.
Welcome Back Juliano, Take Two
In his final four games last year, Jordani seemed to show signs that he had returned to form. He averaged 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds over that span. But it was in the season finale, a Big West Tournament loss at Nevada, where he really showed signs of life. In the game against the Wolf Pack, Jordani made all six of his field goal attempts, including a pair of three-pointers, and scored 15 points in 12 minutes. His 15-point total in the game against Nevada was exactly two more points than he had scored in the previous six games combined, a span that covered 70 minutes.
Don't You Have That Backwards?
It is easy to assume that a 6-foot-7 forward will be more of an inside threat than an outside threat. In the case of Jordani, if you assume you make a, well you know the rest. Either way, due in great part to injuries, the native of Brazil shot only 33.9% from the floor overall last season. He hit 20-of-54 shots from three-point range, 37.0% and he hit 20-of-64 shots from two-point range, 31.2%. During one four game span, prior to his ankle injury, Jordani made 10-of-21 three-pointers (47.6%) and 5-for-18 two-pointers (27.8%).
Juliano Jordani Notes:
Juliano Jordani and his ability to stay healthy in 2000-01 is a key to UCSB fortunes...A very good outside shooter, Jordani is also a tough and strong presence inside...Needs to continue improving offensively with his back to the basket.
Jordani played in 24 games in his first year as a Gaucho, averaging 5.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game...He missed four games, two because of a severe ankle sprain and two because of a lower back strain...Sprained his ankle after the sixth game of the year...In the first six contests of the season, he averaged 10.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and he had made ten three-pointers...In his final 18 games, Jordani averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game and he made ten three-pointers...Produced season-highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds at USF...Also had 13 points and eight rebounds at USC and 13 points eight rebounds against Pepperdine...Closed the season with one of his best offensive games of the year when he had 15 points, making all six of his field goal attempts (including a pair of three-pointers) in the Big West Tournament against Nevada...Scored in double-figures four times...Made a high of five three-point baskets at USF...Made at least one three-pointer 13 times and two or more four times...While Jordani shot 33.9% overall for the season, he actually hit 37.0% from three-point range...Only made 20-of-64 shots from two-point range, 31.2%...On the season, he averaged 18.9 minutes per game...Prior to spraining his ankle, he was in the starting lineup and averaged 29.2 minutes per game and after the injury, he averaged only 15.4 minutes
Came to UCSB after spending two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho...Averaged 13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a sophomore...Made 49% of his field goal attempts, 31% of his three-pointers and 64% of his free throws...After leading Southern Idaho to a 21-12 record and an appearance in the Junior College Regional Championship game, he was named second team All-Region and first team all-league...Jordani was selected the MVP of the Arctic Circle Tournament as a sophomore...Scored a career-high 35 points against Seminole State College...Had a career-best 17 rebounds vs. Colorado Northwest...Jordani recorded career-highs of 11 assists (vs. Salt Lake City Community College), four steals (vs. Utah Valley Community College) and three blocked shots (vs. Barton County College)...Hit five three-point baskets on two occasions, once each as a freshman (vs. Snow College) and as a sophomore (vs. Seminole State College)...Jordani suffered an ankle injury during his sophomore season that limited his effectiveness during the middle of the season...As a freshman, he averaged 7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game...Made 47% of his shots as a freshman and 49% of his three-pointers...In his two years, he hit 50 three-pointers.
Jordani attended Danté Alighieri School in Sao Paulo, Brazil...Averaged 26.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.8 steals as a senior...As a junior, he averaged 24.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists...Named All-State twice...He was named MVP of the State in 1994 after leading Danté Alighieri to the State Championship...Scored a career-high and a school record 47 points in a game against Batiste High School...Collected 22 rebounds in a game against Anglo High School...Jordani also had career-bests of 13 assists (Palmeiros High School) and eight blocked shots (vs. Santo André High School)... Once had nine three-point baskets in a game...Set a school record for points in a season...Coached by Eduardo Rios.
Juliano Costa Jordani was born October 13, 1976 in Sao Paulo, Brazil...A Business/Economics Major...He was an honor student in high school and last year he was Southern Idaho's Student-Athlete of the Year...Jordani was a member of the Brazilian Junior National Team...His most memorable moment in sports came when Brazil defeated Puerto Rico in the 1995 Junior Pan American Games...As a member of the Brazilian Junior National Team, Jordani played against a United States team in 1995 that included Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury and Robert Traylor...His favorite athletes are Michael Jordan and Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo...Also played soccer and volleyball in high school...Brazilian Jorge Amedo is his favorite author...The son of Claudio and Ana Maria Costa Jordani.