Jordan Ratinho is a Bay Area native from Livermore and is in his senior season at the University of San Francisco. He attended nearby De La Salle High School in Concord. My favorite memory of Jordan is seeing him play for a California Open Division state championship in 2016 at (previously called) Arco Arena in Sacramento. Although Jordan’s team lost to the Ball Brothers and the nation’s consensus top-ranked team in Chino Hills, Ratinho held the Naismith High School Player of the Year Lonzo Ball to only 3 first half points and 15 total points.
In his final season with the Dons, Jordan is averaging 8.6 PPG and 1.1 APG while becoming USF’s all-time leader in three-point field goals. One accomplishment Jordan hasn’t been able to complete in his career is getting a win over Gonzaga but he will get another crack at it on Saturday at War Memorial Gymnasium. I had the opportunity to speak with Jordan before he faces off against the #2 Bulldogs (22-1, 8-0).
San Francisco Dons (16-7, 5-3)
Kyle Smith started the Dons on the right track to get back to relevance in the world of college basketball and Todd Golden is continuing that trend this season. USF is currently tied for third in the WCC with BYU (a team the Dons just beat under a week ago) in Golden’s first year under the helm.
Wins - Sonoma State, Princeton, Yale, @ Southern Illinois, Cal State Bakersfield, Sam Houston State, Hampton, California, @ Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis, @ Fresno State, Santa Clara, @ Pacific, Loyola Marymount, BYU, @ San Diego
Losses - @ Hawaii, Arizona State, @ Stanford, Harvard, Saint Mary’s, Portland, @ Saint Mary’s
KenPom Ranking - #85
- 77.2 points per game (59th best in the nation)
- 36.2 rebounds per game
- 12.1 assists per game
- 3.3 blocks per game
- 7.0 steals per game
- 69.3 points allowed per game
- 45.4 field goal percentage
Player to Watch For:
Jimbo Lull, Senior - 11.5 PPG, 7.0 PPG, 57.5 FG%
One of the three seniors on the roster that has stepped into a major leadership role for the Dons. Lull is a load down low. The 7’0” center has been extremely efficient from the floor throughout his career in San Francisco.
#2 Gonzaga @ San Francisco - 4:00 PM ET on Saturday, February 1st
92-78, Bulldogs over Dons
This one should be an offensive battle as Gonzaga is currently 2nd in the nation in points per game at 89.0. In the end, Gonzaga’s size and versatility in the frontcourt will be too much for Jimbo Lull and the rest of the Dons. The Zags will continue their winning streak to 15 straight but the major question looming over everyone’s head, will Killian Tillie play?
*Arden Cravalho is a Gonzaga University graduate from the Bay Area... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho