Jordan Redmond is a big guy.
At 6-foot-4, Redmond is the tallest player on the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys basketball team. He’s also the most experienced.
Redmond is using his size and experience to pace Pequot in both statistics and leadership. He’s doing this while playing a different role himself.
“We use Jordan like a point forward,” said Pequot head coach Garry Grewe. “We have another good-sized player in Travis Jacobson. Jordan can go where he wants and he sets a lot offense. He can handle the ball and we can use him inside and outside.”
In Pequot’s season-opening loss to Deer River Nov. 30, Redmond finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. During the team’s 69-52 win over Bagley, Redmond tallied 28 points to go with 12 rebounds, seven teals and three assists.
Redmond scored 23 points against Wadena-Deer Creek Dec. 7 to add to his 18 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals. Against Pierz Dec. 11, Redmond was held to nine points, but added seven rebounds, three blocks two steals and an assist. He did foul out of the game and Pierz won 47-39.
“I do like my new role,” Redmond said. “I enjoy being able to play out on the perimeter and take kids off the dribble with my size. Last year, I wasn’t able to do that because our guards were really good and they needed me inside more. Now I’m able to step out and do some things. I feel like I’m better taking kids off the dribble. I can use my whole game a little bit more.”
Last season, Redmond finished with 335 points (12.0 per game), 211 rebounds (7.5), 45 assists, 54 blocked shots and 43 steals. His experience has helped him improve his averages. Another reason for the improved numbers is Redmond is staying on the court more by not getting into foul trouble. This is despite playing a new role on defense as well.
“He’s guarding more on the perimeter than he did last year,” said Grewe. “It’s still a work in progress. It’s a tough matchup for him, because we’re asking him to guard smaller, quicker perimeter players. He’s done very well, but he’ll be the first to admit he’ll need to get better.”
Redmond said he started working on his new defensive role this offseason. He knew with the make up of this year’s team he would be asked to do more. He admitted it was a big change, though. Another change has been his role as leader.
“I figured being the only guy back from the starting lineup that I had to show a lot of leadership and help the other guys,” Redmond said. “I knew we had a lot of guys coming up that had a really good junior varsity season. We have really talented players on this team and we work hard. They know how to work together and with our coach and the good chemistry we have we have the potential to have a successful season.”
Redmond’s growth as a leader is what Grewe has been most impressed with so far this season.
“Since last June, his overall attitude has changed,” said Grewe “He wants to do well. He wants to be successful in basketball. His desire to improve as a player and as a teammate has increased. Part of that might be because it’s his senior year and this is his last go-round, but we as coaches feel he has really grown into a role as a verbal leader for this team.”
Other notable performances:
Basketball: Troy Scott, Little Falls, scored 22 points against Fergus Falls.
Dallas Ehrmantraut, Verndale, finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds against Parkers Prairie and 27 points against Laporte.
Daniel Newton, Lake Region, scored 22 points against Maplewood.
Kyle Jansson, Staples-Motley, scored 23 points against Park Rapids.
Seth Auger, Staples-Motley, scored 21 points against Park Rapids.
Beau Howard, Pine River-Backus, finished with 25 points against Laporte and 28 against Northome/Kelliher.
Zach Struss, Pine River-Backus, scored 23 points against Laporte.
Nathan Ehnstrom, Aitkin, finished with 26 points and seven steals against East Central.
EJ Ziegler, Pillager, finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds against Barnum.
Hockey: Ben Newman, Little Falls, scored three times against Fergus Falls.
Aspen Florey, Northern Lakes, finished with three goals and an assist against Kittson Central.
Wrestling: Triston Rubner, Pequot Lakes-Pine River/Backus, won the 132-pound title at the Paul Bunyan Invite.
Drey Loge, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus, won the 145-pound title at the Paul Bunyan Invite.
Brad Meyer, Pierz, won the 152-pound title at the Paul Bunyan Invite.
Connor Swanson, Little Falls, won the 285-pound title at the Paul Bunyan Invite.