by Mike Hastings
Ensworth’s boys’ basketball team played a tough schedule this year, facing a number of non-league power houses. They played them all tough, right down to their finale against undefeated Christian Brothers. A major reason why was the consistent play of their Mr Basketball finalist Jordan Bone.
His excellence on and off the court reflects great credit to his school, and has led to his selection as the BSW Athlete of the Week.
The junior guard averaged 17 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while limiting his turnovers per game to just one. He was a starter on last year’s state championship team at Ensworth, and hates that he couldn’t help his team get that one for the thumb.
“Losing against Christian Brothers was the worst moment of the year,” Jordan said.
“I feel like for next season I have to be a more furious player, making people dread playing Ensworth because they know who they have to play against,” he said.
Jordan said he plans to hit the gym this off season and work on his strength and conditioning to help improve his game. He plays for Team Thad in the offseason, along side Mr Basketball winner Micah Thomas.
“He’s my best friend on the team, I love that kid,” Jordan says. “It’s all love, but we love competing against each other.”
Jordan first enrolled at Ensworth in the 8th grade. “I love Ensworth and the Ensworth community,” he said.
It wasn’t long after that he met his legendary coach Ricky Bowers.
“It’s different playing for Coach Bowers,” he says, stressing Bowers’ emphasis on tough denying defense. “But look at the championships.”
Besides basketball, Jordan also runs track. He says his favorite subject is science. So I asked him if he sees himself as NBA star Jordan Bone or Dr Jordan Bone.
“I would prefer NBA star, but Dr Jordan Bone is my secondary plan,” he smiles.
And what about his parents, which did he think they would prefer?
“Well I have a basketball family. Both my parents played in college, so I guess you can say its ‘in my blood,’” he says.
“Basketball has always been my love, something I’ve always wanted to do. My parents were just always there to support me. Because the NBA is my dream, they would be happy for me, but I would say either one would be fine with them because they are so supportive of me,” he said.
With both parents sharing his love of basketball, could it be that he was named after the great number 23?
“No, my mom just wanted all her sons names to start with J,” he laughs.
Athlete of the Week - Ensworth's Jordan Bone