Basketball Jordan

Jordan Panthers Boys’ Basketball Preview

After a sixth-place Moore League finish in 2019-20, the Jordan boys’ basketball team is building for the future under head coach James McDonald.

“It’s been a crazy year,” said McDonald. “We’re going to be really young, we’ve only got three seniors on the team. This team will be better next year, but hopefully we can get some experience and do some positive things this season.”

McDonald has a small, speedy, guard-dominated roster and is planning on running with an up-tempo offense to try and exploit mismatches.

“We will not be very tall, but we’ll be very competitive,” said McDonald.

The team has a very good core of sophomores centered around Damian Anderson, who will start. Junior Cameron Long and senior Oliver Basillas will also be leaders for the Panthers this year. That being said, McDonald said he’s keeping his expectations realistic and looking at this season as a building block into next year.

“Our goal is for nobody to get sick, nobody get injured, and get some experience because we turn around very fast right into summer,” he said. “It’s going to be on us really quick. We just want to get the younger kids some experience and playing time.”

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Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.
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