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PREP SPOTLIGHT: Jordan Atkinson


Ayden Grifton player Jordan Atkinson (#4) goes to dunk the ball while Farmville Central's Rande Harper (#11) tries to block him during a game Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017.


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.”

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.


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High Schools

February 17, 2019

GREENSBORO — With the high school wrestling season officially in the books following Saturday night’s state finals, coaches are beginning to reflect on their seasons and plan ahead for next year. 

The North Pitt Panthers captured a Pitt County championship and 2-A Eastern…


February 16, 2019

GREENSBORO — After two days of intense competition leading up to Saturday night, Ayden-Grifton senior wrestler Ray Darden brought home the state championship crown at 195 pounds during 2-A action at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Darden defeated Will Frady of Smoky Mountain via a 3-2…

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February 16, 2019

With 5:30 left in the fourth quarter on Friday, Ayden-Grifton looked to capitalize on its furious second-half comeback and take its first lead of the night against Greene Central on senior night. 

A quick bucket in transition from Josh Wright tied the game at 46, but a pass between the legs of…


February 14, 2019

South Central boys’ basketball coach Chris Cherry picked up his 450th career win and the Falcons finished their regular season strong, winning 71-26 on senior night against D.H. Conley. The Falcons got off to a hot start, led by North Carolina commit Day’Ron Sharpe getting a putback…


February 14, 2019

Farmville Central senior big man Dyquavis Wilkins is nearing the end of his high school basketball career, with just a trip to the playoffs left between him and graduation. Wilkins spoke with preps beat writer Jake Keator about his time with the Jaguars and his future.

Q: How did you get started in…


February 13, 2019

South Central cruised to its 12th straight victory in front of a packed crowd, and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, defeating C.B. Aycock, 56-25.

Williams visited Winterville to check in on commit and Falcons superstar forward Day’Ron Sharpe. 

“Coach Williams is a great man,…


February 13, 2019

College signings continued at J.H. Rose on Tuesday morning, as four more athletes across three sports confirmed where they will be heading to play at the next level.

Former Rose football captain David Sawyer Jr. announced he would sign with Columbia University (N.Y.). The prestigious Ivy League…


February 10, 2019

Multiple Pitt County high school wrestling teams competed in regional competitions Friday and Saturday. 

North Pitt led the way in the 2-A East Regional, held at Croatan High School, finishing third out of 25 schools with 118 points.

Raheem Jones finished first at 182 pounds after defeating…


February 09, 2019

D.H. Conley and J.H. Rose swimming teams wrapped up the 2018-19 season at the 3-A state championship finals held at Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary Friday night.

JHR’s girls squad finished 11th with 78 points, highlighted by Madeline Smith winning the title in the 100 freestyle, finishing…


February 08, 2019

D.H. Conley’s boys basketball team completed a three-game season sweep of crosstown rival J.H. Rose Friday night, defeating the Rampants 76-56.

The Vikings (13-8, 6-4) saw top production from a trio of seniors, including Jahmois Barnhill (18 points) and CJ Johnson (17 points). Gavin Russell…

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