PREP SPOTLIGHT: Jordan Atkinson
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Ayden-Grifton senior Jordan Atkinson understands that hard work leads to success. A key cog on the Chargers basketball team, he is also already a committed college athlete. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Atkinson about A-G basketball and his future at the college level.
Q: How did you get your start in basketball?
A: “I just started playing with my friends. Then we started playing in a rec league when I was about six years old. We just kept going from there.”
Q: Was there a moment when you realized you may be more talented than most?
A: “Yes. I was always good, and I only got better as I grew and my body got more toned. I have great friends who helped motivate me and are playing at the next level.”
Q: What has it been like playing at Ayden-Grifton?
A: “I’ve learned a lot at Ayden-Grifton. It’s been difficult, but the coaches like coach (John) Moye and coach (Johnny) Davis push me to get better every day as a player and a man.”
Q: You sank the 1,000th point of your career last Friday. What does it mean to you to have accomplished such a feat?
A: “It means a lot. Not everyone has been able to do that. It almost felt unreal when it happened. I just thank God for letting it happen.”
Q: How has your family helped your basketball career?
A: “My mom and dad have been a huge help. They push me to be better everyday. They play a huge role in my life.”
Q: What is it like being a part of this years Chargers squad?
A: “It’s great. We’re very close and always trying to make each other better. We’re just always getting better each time we play.”
Q: Are you looking to play basketball in college?
A: “I’m actually already committed to play baseball at Methodist University. I’d like to be able to play both, and we’re working to try and find a way to allow me to do that. I’d love to be a dual athlete.”
Q: What advice would you give to a younger athlete?
A: “If I could give some advice to a younger athlete I’d tell them just to stick with it. No matter how hard it gets, just stick with it.”
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