By John Bishop
Last week, Lawrence Academy boys’ basketball added a new member of the 1000 point club. Jordan Richard ’20, who will join the Clark University varsity next fall, scored “no. 1000” versus Governor’s on January 15.
“I think the mark reflects a measure of consistency and productivity over the course of a career,” said Head Coach Kevin Wiercinski of Richard’s feat. “So many players can have a ‘career day’ and then an off day or an off week or even an off-season, but had one memorable moment.
“But 1000 points shows a player that has been 100% committed to his performance and the team’s performance over the course of a four-year career.
“Jordan has been a key member of our team’s success for four years, not one game or one season.”Head Coach Kevin Wiercinski
However, Jordan didn’t feel himself during the early going of the nip-and-tuck game versus Gov’s.
“I was feeling the nerves all day,” admitted the senior guard. “I woke up sick but I didn’t want to let my teammates, family, and friends down.”
That said, Richard need not have worried too much. His coach and teammates weren’t concerned about the level of play he’d bring to the game versus the ISL rival.
“We’ve been fortunate to have a number of 1000 point scorers,” said Coach Wiercinski of the elite club joined by Jordan. “They’ve all got there in unique ways. They are unique players, but all of them have some similar qualities. They are passionate, driven, goal-orientated and never satisfied with the state of their game.
“They’ve worked hard during the time they’ve been here to be the best player they can be,” added Coach Kevin, “and be the best teammate they can be.”
However, Jordan has his sights set on even higher TEAM goals.
“Scoring 1000 points in high school has always been a goal of mine, but winning with the team means a lot more to me,” he said. “It wasn’t until a few games ago that i realized how close I was to this achievement and this past game it really hit me.
“As captain, I want to contribute as much as I can to get this team back to NEPSAC AA playoffs and do some damage.”