Antoine Jordan has all the natural gifts it takes to play basketball.
The Siena College sophomore guard from Randallstown High can create off the dribble, loves to play in transition, is a strong rebounder and is the top three-point shooter on the team.
Also, he has a little edge to his game.
The first time he walked into the 15,500-seat Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y., which serves as Siena's home court, his immediate reaction was, "This is my court."
However, there is one major ingredient of Jordan's game that can't easily be measured.
"He's one of the toughest competitors I've ever seen in 21 years of coaching," said Siena assistant Rob Jackson, a former assistant at Loyola College. "And he's an outstanding person with a lot of family support."
Jackson recruited Jordan, and the two have developed a close relationship, with Jordan referring to Jackson as "my shooting coach."
Jordan, 6 feet 5, leads the team in free-throw shooting (84.6 percent) and is first among the starters in three-point shooting (38.3 percent), tied for second in rebounding (6.6 a game), second in steals (19), third in assists (36) and fourth in scoring (9.6 a game).
A typical game for Jordan came Sunday in Buffalo against Canisius. He scored nine points and had eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in a 63-59 victory that raised the Saints' record to 4-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and to 7-11 overall.
Twelve days earlier, he came home to Baltimore and scored 11 points and had 11 rebounds in Siena's 81-59 win over Loyola. His show included a 2-for-4 performance on three-point attempts.
Now, Jordan is hoping for a Siena spurt down the stretch.
"We need to play strong defense, rebound and execute on offense," said Jordan, 19, who helped Randallstown win a state Class 3A championship in the 2000-01 season.
Jake Plattner (Severna Park), a sophomore ice hockey forward at Bentley College, had the most productive two games of his career last weekend.
Plattner scored the deciding goal Friday in a 2-1 victory over American International, deflecting teammate Seth Vinocur's shot from the point into the net at 8:02 of the third period. Plattner also assisted on the first goal of that game.
On Saturday, he recorded an assist in a 4-2 victory over American International. Plattner now has three goals and two assists in seven games this season.
Stroup tops mile list
Florida sophomore standout Shane Stroup (River Hill) turned in the nation's fastest indoor time (4 minutes, 2.87 seconds) in the mile this season in the Southeastern Conference Track Invitational on Sunday.
The time provisionally qualified him for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in March in Fayetteville, Ark. It also moved him into sixth place on the Gators' all-time indoor mile chart.
Junior Florida sprinter Kyle Farmer (Oakland Mills) captured the 55-meter dash in the SEC meet with a time of 6.33 seconds.
Darshan Luckey (Southern-Baltimore) continues to lead the basketball team at St. Francis in Loretto, Pa., in scoring (18.1 average) and minutes (35.6) this season, and the 6-5 sophomore guard is second in rebounding (4.9). Luckey is also shooting 81.8 percent from the free-throw line and has 18 steals for the Red Flash (6-9 overall, 3-3 in the Northeast Conference).
Jason Osborne (Towson Catholic) is second on the St. Francis squad in scoring (12.1 points) and the 6-8, 245-pound junior center leads the team in rebounding (6.5) and blocked shots (15).
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