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Familier Faces: MEN'S BASKETBALL: Riewer rolling in college

Posted: December 24, 2012 - 12:22am
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Garrett Mattson Staples-Motley High School graduate Jordan Riewer drives to the basket against St. Cloud State University. Riewer is a starting guard for Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Garrett Mattson Staples-Motley High School graduate Jordan Riewer drives to the basket against St. Cloud State University. Riewer is a starting guard for Minnesota State University Moorhead.

In 10 games this season, Minnesota State University Moorhead guard Jordan Riewer is averaging 12.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

He is shooting 46 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free throw line for the 9-1 Dragons.

Riewer was a five-year letterwinner at Staples-Motley. He finished his high school career with 1,954 points (14.3), 757 rebounds (5.5), 776 assists (5.7), 384 steals (2.8) and 31 blocked shots. He shot 579-1247 (46.4 percent) from the field and 300-350 (86 percent) from the line.

■ Q: The team is off to a 9-1 start. You’ve started all 10 games as a sophomore. How happy are you with your decision to go to Moorhead?

A: “It’s worked out perfectly. I like being close to the family. I knew the coach (fellow Staples graduate Chad Walthall) and I knew the system. I knew a lot of the guys on the team so it’s worked out well.”

■ Q: You were a complete player in high school, what part of your game has improved the most in college?

A: “I’ve always been able to shoot the ball so I would say getting stronger since high school. I’m better able to get to the basket and make plays for myself and others.”

■ Q: Senior year, Section 6-2A final, how often do you think of that game and how much does it motivate you now? (Staples-Motley lost to New London-Spicer on a last-second, half-court shot. A victory and S-M likely would have advanced to the state championship game against rival Crosby-Ironton.)

A: “I think about it a lot actually. There are a lot of people from New London that go to Moorhead and they bring it up all the time. It still hits you, but you have to move on.”

■ Q: How difficult was it to adjust to the college game and what are a few of the major differences?

A: “My redshirt year really helped. Just playing every day with the guys was key. That’s pretty much all I did my freshmen year. I would go to practice and then I would go to the wellness center and play some more. I figured just playing would help me get better. The pace is the biggest difference. The pace is a lot faster. You have to be on point with everything.”

■ Q: You were a pretty good baseball player in high school. Was there ever any consideration to play baseball instead of basketball or even both?

A: “I did when I was committed to go to Jamestown. I was thinking of doing both. But then when I came to Moorhead they don’t have baseball. I still play in the summer. I’m thinking of playing with my cousins this summer over in Bertha.”

■ Q: The best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten and what would your advice be to high school kids hoping to play sports in college?

A: “The best advice probably came from my dad. He told me to control your attitude and control your effort and work hard. My advice would be to just keep working. Don’t take any days off. If you’re not working someone else is and they’re getting better.”

JEREMY MILLSOP, sports writer, may be reached at 855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop.