Cancer survivor becomes basketball recruiting analyst

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In the past two years, Jordan Singer had his right arm amputated, made a permanent move from his New England home to Chicago and opened a new business as a recruiting analyst for high school girls basketball.

And he’s 24 years old.

“When I started, I wanted to make it my full-time job — the business behind the game,” Singer said. “The No. 1 reason was to help the girls.”

Singer is the founder and editor of Midwest Recruiting Report , an off shoot of a similar website called New England Recruiting Report. Singer, a native of Manchester, N.H., graduated from Loyola University with a degree in sports management, but initially became an assistant men’s basketball coach at Division III Plymouth State in New Hampshire.

Singer lasted one year as a coach. He wanted to stay in the game, but was determined to try something else. That led him to start MWRR, which holds recruiting showcases, takes on players as clients and sends out “profiles” to college coaches looking for talent. Because the Chicago area already has several recruiting analysts for boys basketball, Singer chose to tap the underutilized girls market.

At the McDonald’s Shootout over Martin Luther King’s Birthday weekend, MWRR had a table in the foyer of Willowbrook everday during the tournament. Singer was a regular presence on press row.

MWRR’s next recruiting showcase is March 24 at the Schaumburg Sports Center. Singer said his previous showcase drew 220 players. Division I coaches are not allowed to attend due to recruiting restrictions, but coaches from Division II, Division III and NAIA programs will be there. An example of one of MWRR’s profiles is for Hinsdale Central sophomore guard Gabrielle Rush.

For Singer, just being able to watch basketball games is a joy.

His life changed Jan. 24, 2012, when he was diagnosed with stage 3 Epithelioid sarcoma in his right hand. Singer suffered soreness in his right hand, but didn’t notice a tumor until after he bumped into a wall and then looked closer at his hand when the pain would not go away. He had surgery that month to remove some lesions. Initially, he was told he was cancer free, but that doctor’s report turned out to be wrong. On June 1, doctors removed his entire arm. He had 25 lymph nodes removed under his arm pit, but only one tested positive as cancerous.

When I asked Singer if he was cancer free, he knocked on the press table — with his only remaining hand — and smiled.

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