Jordan Bonner ’15 is currently a graduate student at the University of Cambridge, where he is pursuing a master's in psychology and education while playing on the Cambridge men’s basketball team. Prior to his time in England, Bonner was a three-year starter at Wesleyan University where he received Second Team All-NESCAC honors in 2017-18, earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2018-19, and scored 1,000 career points. Jordan took some time to chat with us about his time at St. Andrew's and his career aspirations.
What originally attracted you to SAS as a student-athlete?
Despite the renowned athletic facilities, equipment, and staff [that were evident] when I stepped on St Andrew’s campus, I knew that my purpose would extend far beyond my athletic prowess and ability. This excited me because while many of my friends back home were solely recruited to play sports in high school, I knew from day one that [at St. Andrew's] I would receive an excellent education, be an active member in the community, and that my identity would not be limited to what I could contribute on the basketball court. That's why I fell in love with SAS. Not just for what I would gain athletically but for what St. Andrew’s really embodied—putting the “student” first in student-athlete.
Most memorable athletic experience while at SAS:
During my last game as a senior, I broke the school record for most points in a basketball game (51) and scored my 1,000th point!
What’s one piece of advice that you’d give current SAS student-athletes?
Living an "others-first" kind of life means that you actively look for opportunities to serve, help, love, and be there for other people. It’s easy to get caught up in what YOU have going on. SAS is an academically demanding institution even without sports commitments. When you add an extra 20 hours in your schedule for practice and games, it becomes tempting to just do your own thing and not worry about anyone else.
A simple text to an old friend that you haven’t heard from in a while, saying hi to a Middletown resident on Main Street, greeting the people that serve food in the Dining Hall are ways that you can ensure that you are living a life beyond yourself. Your purpose in life is bigger than just you. The true measure of someone’s character is not what you have done to benefit yourself but what you have done to ensure that other’s experiences are better than your own. And it’s never too late to do that.
Describe your game for those who haven’t seen you play.
I am a well-rounded basketball player. I can do a little bit of everything on the court. I am an explosive scorer, although sometimes streaky, but I work hard and do whatever it takes for my team to win.
In 5 years I hope to:
Have my PhD from the University of Cambridge and either 1) run/start my own school, 2) serve as a consultant to educational organizations on how to best prepare minority students for college and career pathways or 3) be a Dean of Students at a university.
I am most proud of:
Who I am and who I have become. If you know me, you’ll know that I am constantly searching for ways to elevate myself. Whether it’s in my journey/relationship with God, as a friend, student, etc. I am never satisfied with where I am. Always grateful, but always hungry for more.