Meet the 'Jackets: Jordan Lewis

Photo courtesy of Nick Mebruer
Lebanon sophomore Jordan Lewis (pictured above) will help the ‘Jackets in the post this winter, according to head coach Adam Thornhill.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

It has been awhile since the Lebanon Yellowjackets have had two legitimate big men manning the paint, but with Lebanon sophomore Jordan Lewis and junior Dawson Zimdars, the ‘Jackets will surely have the bigger front court every time they step on the floor.

If you attended any junior varsity games last year, Lewis was probably a player who caught your eye with his ability to finish inside, his jump shot, and physicality down low.

Lewis was a member of the high school football team and started every game at right tackle for LHS. He also saw time on the defensive line and will have a big role next fall for head coach Will Christian.

On the hardwood though, Lebanon head basketball coach Adam Thornhill has high expectations for what he expects out of Lewis this winter.

“Jordan is a true post player who plays much larger than he is,” Thornhill said. “He is a physically tough player who also has a polished face-up game.

“I am excited for what he brings to the team on both ends of the court as well as off. He is also a natural leader who could take on some leadership responsibilities.”

The ‘Jackets have started the season off with a loss to Nixa but will look to bounce back tonight as LHS travels to Kirkwood in St. Louis.

The Daily Record recently caught up with Lewis to talk to him about his sophomore season on the hardwood.

LDR – Describe your game for people who haven’t seen you play.

Jordan – My game is all down low in the paint right around the rim. I’m the guy that’s real physical and will get a rebound or back somebody down and score.

LDR – What are some things you have worked on this offseason to get ready for varsity basketball?

Jordan – This offseason has been a big step for me while I’ve been working on my shot from about 15 feet out or so and my ball handling just in case I am ever in the situation where they need me to help beat a press or something like that.

LDR – What are some expectations for yourself and the team this season?

Jordan – The expectations this season are high. Our goal by the end of the season is to be the most improved team when it’s all said and done. We are also working to get back to another district championship game this year and hopefully accomplish what we couldn’t get done last year and bring home the district championship.

LDR – What are some differences in this years team compared to last years?

Jordan – A couple of differences from last year’s team to this year is that we are establishing more of inside game throughout the whole team.

LDR – What is your favorite basketball memory?

Jordan – My favorite memory is probably from last year when we got to the district championship game because it’s showing our program go in the right direction and just how long it’s been since we’ve last won a district title.

LDR – Who is your favorite basketball player to watch?

Jordan – My favorite basketball player right now is probably Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Towns is a true post player who can do it all by scoring inside or outside.

LDR – Who has been the biggest influence on your basketball career and why?

Jordan – My biggest influence is my dad. He’s the one who started me playing basketball which was in 7th grade and took me to all my practices and always pushing me to get better. Without him, I never would’ve even started playing basketball.

LDR – What advice would you give to a younger basketball player?

Jordan – To a younger basketball player, my advice to them would be don't let anything get in your way, always be the hardest worker, get in the gym even if it’s by yourself and you’re bound to do great things. 

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