Thursday, September 17, 2015

Josey has experience and talent (Preseason post 4 of 30)

 In the video above, I explain why Josey should be one of the area's best teams.                    

Josey returns five of last year's top six players.  And as I explained in a late season post last February, players like Donald Jordan (6'3" senior) gained valuable experience on one of last year's most competitive teams.  Jordan's path to becoming one of the area's best players is a sort of throwback to the '80s and '90s when players hadn't played 7-8 years of travel basketball around the calendar before playing for their varsity teams.

Senior Donald Jordan (Josey) burst on the scene last season.  Look for him to help lead Josey this season.

Jordan burst on the scene last season with huge games against Butler and Laney, the area's top teams.  I was surprised that I was unfamiliar with a player with his size, shooting ability, toughness, and knack for playing well in big games.  (Jordan started Josey's region quarterfinal win over Glenn Hills, which gave the Eagles a state playoff spot, with a barrage of long range bombs.)  This summer I asked Donald where he's been playing all these years and how he slipped through my radar.  He said he first played organized basketball for his school as a sophomore at Josey and before that he played no AAU basketball.

Josey's returning group is as deep and talented as any in the area.

The game was once filled with late bloomers who played a season or two of organized ball and were among the best in the area.  Hats off to Donald for reminding me of those days.  And expect his seasoned teammates and him to lead Josey through the area and region race this season.

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