With the exit of their top scorer from a season ago, South Side is going to be guard heavy and guard focused. In that role, point guard Austin Jordan is going to have the biggest season of his career as a junior
Jordan stepped into the Archers’ starting point guard role as a freshman after South Side’s point guard transferred away from the school. It was a big jump for a player who had split time between the varsity and reserve levels, but Jordan flourished as a pass first point guard who could make all of the players around him better as he faded to the back a little bit offensively. As a sophomore, Jordan averaged a team best 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game, cultivated as a gritty head strong guard. He had a season best eight assists against Canterbury and had five steals against Bishop Dwenger.
But Jordan is also a high quality scorer, averaging 8.7 points as a sophomore who will be the second leading returning scorer this season. His high spin jump shot is a thing of beauty. He scored in double figures eight times with 20 points in a win against eventual Sectional champion Huntington North. In that game, he knocked down five triples, a third of his season total. Jordan was also a 43 percent shooter from the field and has a knack for putting the ball in the basket that is confident and smooth.
“Austin is a two year varsity starter so we expect his experience along with his ability to be a key factor in our success this season,” says South Side coach JJ Foster.