Jordan Hulls’ professional basketball career came to an end on Sunday when MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg lost to Alba Berlin 73-67 in the BBL Playoff semifinals. Hulls scored four points, grabbed two rebounds and provided two assists in his last game.
Although he scored 26 points and connected on 6 of 9 attempts from 3 in Game 1 of this series, it wasn’t enough for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg to advance to the playoffs. Hulls averaged 10.5 points, four assists and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 40.8 percent from 3 and 92.3 percent from the free throw line this season.
Hulls played two seasons for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg and clearly had an impact on the team and the community that went beyond the pitch.
After four seasons at Indiana University where Hulls averaged 10 points and shot 44 percent from 3 during his college career, he played nine seasons of professional basketball overseas in Poland, Belgium and, more recently, in Germany.
He played on five different teams and scored a career-high 15.5 points per game during the 2017-18 season for Eisbaren Bremerhaven in Germany. That year, Hulls shot 51.8 percent from 3 and 94.5 percent from the free throw line.
During his professional overseas career, Hulls played 235 games. He scored a career-high 31 points in 2015 as a member of Limburg United and again in 2018 for Eisbaren Bremerhaven. Hulls set his career-high for 3-pointers made in an eight-man game when Indiana beat Northwestern in 2010, and he tied that personal best again in 2019 while playing for S. Oliver Wurzburg.
But now it’s time for Hulls to transition his basketball career from player to member of Indiana’s coaching staff. Hulls, along with his wife and three children, will return to his hometown of Bloomington, Ind. to join Mike Woodson’s staff as Indiana’s recruiting coordinator.
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A graduate of Bloomington South High School, Hulls was named Indiana Mr. Basketball in 2009. He also won Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year in 2009 after leading the Panthers to a 26-0 record and championship. ‘Class 4A condition.
He played four seasons at Indiana from 2009 to 2013 under former head coach Tom Crean. As a senior, he helped the Hoosiers win the 2013 Big Ten regular season title and rank No. 1 in 10 of 20 AP polls.
Hulls’ name can be found all over Indiana’s record books: 30th with 1,318 points, fourth in career three-point field goal percentage at 44.1%, and third in career free throw percentage at 85.9%. He also had an Indiana and Big Ten record with 58 consecutive free throws over two seasons in 2010 and 2011. And by the time he graduated, Hulls’ 135 games ranked second among the Hoosiers.
“It’s hard to put into words what this opportunity means to me and my family,” Hulls said. “Indiana University has been a part of me my entire life and I couldn’t be more excited to come home and work with Coach Woodson, all the staff and our players in the program. during my time at IU with my teammates, my coaches, and my community has helped me grow into the person I am today. I look forward to building those same kind of relationships as I enter this exciting new chapter. of life in a different role at IU.
Woodson is also excited to add another former Hoosier to the staff.
“He’s a great family man who competed at the highest level in high school here in Bloomington, as a Hoosier who won a Big Ten title and played for the No. 1 team in the nation, and over the nine years as a professional basketball player overseas,” Woodson said. “Everyone you talk to who has spent time with him has the utmost respect for him. With his experiences, I believe he can be a tremendous asset to our players and staff and we are delighted to have him and his family back home.
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