Former Notre Dame women’s basketball point guard Jordan Nixon, who entered the transfer portal a week ago, will sign with Texas A&M.
The 2018 McDonald’s All-American will have three years of eligibility after sitting out the 2019-20 season. Texas A&M’s family atmosphere won over the 5-foot-8 former Miss New York award winner.
“It just felt right,” Nixon said Monday night. “It embodies everything that I want. I think coach [Gary] Blair and his staff have established a culture that I really do want to be part of.”
Nixon played in 26 games last season, starting three for the defending national champions, which lost to Baylor in the title game. Nixon averaged 2.5 points, 1.5 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game. She made 21 of 49 field goals, including 6 of 16 on 3-pointers.
“It just wasn’t the right fit for me,” Nixon said. “Nothing against Notre Dame, it’s just sometimes you’re going through a phase and once you’re in it, it doesn’t quite fit right. And I really don’t know how else to explain it.”
Notre Dame didn’t use its bench much last season with four senior starters and a junior who all were taken in the WNBA Draft. Notre Dame’s starters scored all the points in the Fighting Irish’s 87-80 victory over Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Nixon didn’t see action in the game, but she played a part in preparing Notre Dame by emulating A&M point guard Chennedy Carter in practice.
“It wasn’t anything to call home about,” said Nixon, adding that the game had no bearing in her decision. Nixon said she was looking for a place where everyone works hard and gets along, making her announcement via social media.
“The season is long and it’s easy to get tired of people, and just having to deal with other things, [so] if there’s no drama or anything [else] to be worried about outside of getting a win and just being there for each other in the hard times,” Nixon said. “I mean, that’s what it’s all about.”
Nixon will try to follow in the footsteps of A&M junior guard Aaliyah Wilson and junior post Ciera Johnson, who both sat out the 2017-18 season as transfers, then had solid seasons, though an injury cut Wilson’s season short.
“It’s hard when you’re just working toward something and you don’t quite know it’s going to translate into a live situation because practice is controlled,” Nixon said. “And being able to play pickup is not something that happens when you’re in season or in conference. So, I just think staying committed to developing my body.”
Nixon will play for the 2019 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup team that will compete in Bangkok, Thailand from July 20-28.
Nixon capped her high school season by averaging 22 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals per game at Mary Louis Academy in Queens. She led the school to its first New York State Catholic School AA championship. She led her iEXCEL AAU team to three national titles.
Nixon was part of a four-player incoming class at Notre Dame that was ranked seventh by ESPN’s HoopGurlz.
“Jordan was the final piece of the puzzle that we were missing, in the point guard position,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said on signing day. “She’s going to be counted on to step in right away and lead our team. She’s a very mature, intelligent, high basketball IQ player, who will look to take over the reins of running this team.”