Athlete of the Week: Jordan Tanner

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Sophomore basketball player Jordan Tanner. Photo by Eleya Raim.

by Kymee Noll – Horizon Co-Editor-in-Chief

It’s not hard to be 1st in region play when you have one of the most dominating posts in the region.  Sophomore basketball player Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) has helped lead the Larks to a 15-6 record overall, 5-1 in Region VI.

Tanner is putting up phenomenal numbers, averaging 15.5 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game.  Think those numbers are impressive?  There’s more.

Currently at 4th in region, Tanner is a force on defense as well, with 47 blocks on the season.  But wait, it gets better.

Tanner is currently sitting 2nd in region for his field goal percentage at 62.2%.

Coach Dustin Galyon sees much improvement in Tanner since he started at Hesston as a freshman.

“Jordan’s growth as a player is directly connected to his growth as a person,” said Galyon.  “Jordan is incredibly intelligent and he has the ability to learn and adapt instantly on the floor!”

Freshman teammate, Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas), looks to Tanner for guidance both on and off the court.

“He’s a great teammate to play with,” said Jordan.  “He’s as athletic as I’ve ever played with.  Off the court, you can go to him for everything.  He’s a smart guy when it comes to academics.”

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Tanner dunking at a home game against Tabor JV in November. Photo by Masayo Satoh.

Tanner is a great leader and role model for his freshmen teammates.  Michael Lindauer (Sugar Land, Texas), a freshman post hoping to learn from Tanner, has nothing but compliments to give the tenacious sophomore.

“It’s an honor to play with Jordan,” said Lindauer.  “He’s a good person to play with, but also a great learning experience to be able to practice up against a guy of his athletic ability.”

Tanner is not only an incredible athlete, but an astounding student-athlete.  Tanner, a business major, is one of the Writing Fellows on campus, a prestigious campus job in which he peer edits students papers.  Along with being an athlete and a Writing Assistant, Tanner is also a First Year Experience scholar.

“His leadership with the guys and trust in our program has propelled his output on the floor and as a campus leader,” said Galyon.  “Jordan is definitely not our loudest guy, but when he talks our guys listen!”

The Larks’ next game is Wednesday at Brown Mackie College (Salina) at 7 p.m.

 

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