ST. PAULS — Romeo Jordan loves to push the pace on the basketball court, and that’s why he chose to continue his career at Davidson County Community College next season.
“Their fast pace kind of reminded me of Fairmont,” the St. Pauls senior said. “If I played anywhere in the county other than St. Pauls, I feel like that’s where I would be at. I like how they get out and run at a fast pace. I feel like that’s for me.”
The 6-foot-5-inch forward signed his letter of intent with the school on Tuesday. He joins Fairmont guard Derrick Arnette, who signed with the program in May, as the other in-county signee with the Storm.
Jordan averaged just under 13 points per game as a senior, the highest mark on the team. He was also the Bulldogs’ biggest force on the boards with seven rebounds per game, helping him earn a spot on the all-county team.
“It’s definitely an exciting opportunity for the program,” St. Pauls head coach Corey Thompson said. “Any time you have a young man that can leave and go to college to play basketball, it’s just a testament to our program and what we’ve been able to do.”
As one of five seniors on the roster last season, Jordan took on a leadership role for a young team that finished 14-13.
“It meant a lot because they (seniors) really laid a foundation for the next class,” Thompson said.
Thompson said the forward’s ability to learn is one of his strongest characteristics, one that Jordan has thrived off from the moment he first picked up a basketball.
“My first time paying was in eighth grade,” Jordan said. “Ever since, I’ve been working to get there. I watched YouTube videos and hoped that would be me someday.”
Jordan also credited Thompson for consistently pushing him to improve.
“We had our ups and downs, arguments and things like that, but I know he always wanted the best for me,” Jordan said. “He got me to where I was supposed to be at.”
Jordan is joining a team that ended last season with a loss to Sandhills Community College in the Region X Finals.
The Storm won 12 of their last 15 games.
“Any time you’re willing to learn, not just as an athlete but as a person in general, you’re going to get better every time,” Thompson said. “The sky is the limit for him. He’s just scratching the surface. He’ll continue to learn and get better.”
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