|Asha Jordan back for more as CIAA tournament week looms|
|JCSU senior is Golden Bulls' court leader|
|Published Sunday, February 25, 2018 1:00 am|
|PHOTO | TROY HULL|
|Johnson C. Smith guard Asha Jordan (3) has improved as the Golden Bulls' floor leader, according to head coach Steve Joyner Jr.|
Asha Jordan’s job is simple: lead.
For the Johnson C. Smith senior guard, her 2017 CIAA tournament championship ring is a reminder of what the Golden Bulls are capable of. Last year’s finals performance of 21 points and five rebounds earned her game MVP, but that was last year.
“That feeling is indescribable,” Jordan said. “I still can’t believe it sometimes, and I got my ring months ago. It’s a feeling you want to feel. You can’t explain it. They have to chase it, and get it themselves, so they can feel it.”
Said coach Steve Joyner Jr.: “Anytime you go into a CIAA tournament, or any tournament, you have got to have that veteran leadership at a guard position.”
Jordan averages 9.0 points, 3.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game for Smith, which secured a first-round bye and second place in the Southern Division.
“I really think she is going to be the determining factor of what pushes us through next week,” Joyner said. “I’m as confident in her as I have ever been. I will go to war with her over anybody.”
With 951 points as a Golden Bull, Jordan can see 1,000 points on the horizon.
“Definitely trying to get there,” she said. “It’s important to me to hit 1,000 points, but it’s not all about the 1,000 points. If we win, I’m cool with the win, but I’ve just got to keep trying to score the ball so I can get it.”
Said Joyner: “I can’t say enough about Asha. I just texted her mom the other day, and complimented her on how her behavior has changed, her character, her personality—just everything about her. Her game, her leadership qualities have all evolved this year.”
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