Each season, the culmination of the Outside the Huddle Top 50 player countdown is the naming of our annual First Five, the highest preseason honor for OTH basketball coverage.
The First Five traces its lineage back to The News-Sentinel’s years of presenting “Fabulous Five” teams of the area’s best five players in both boys and girls basketball. This player is part of our sixth season of naming First Five players.
No. 5 – Jaxon Pardon, Carroll
Pardon is a special kind of scorer and he has showcased that for multiple seasons and summers, averaging 16.5 points per game last season for the Chargers. The smooth lefty and Bowling Green commit also added 3.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a junior. His ability as a knockdown shooter has helped him open up the floor for himself tremendously as he is as good as anyone at working the baseline and finishing on either side of the basket. He is a hard nosed player on both ends of the floor and has such a knack for making quality decisions to impact his entire team offensively.
COACH’S QUOTE ON PARDON
“Jaxon’s competitiveness and work ethic is the foundation of what makes him such a special player. He has been a 3 year starter, will be a 2 year co-captain, and a vocal leader for our team. He possesses an explosive ability to score in various ways, but beyond that has been our team leader in taken charges the last 2 years and truly competes every possession. Both Jaxon and Cannen’s drive this year to max-out our team’s potential regardless of their own personal statistics is incredible.” – Carroll coach Ryan Abbott