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Player Spotlight: Jordan Augustus

Moments after the St. Mary’s Gaels edged Kellenberg for the third time this season to advance to the NSCHSAA championship, Gaels Head Coach Tom Flynn seemed a bit frustrated. His frustration was a 50/50 split between his team's missed shots and one of his star players, 5’11” junior forward Jordan Augustus. Despite playing well in the win, Coach Flynn felt his most dominant player hadn’t played to her potential.

“She’ll hesitate and pick up the [offensive] foul sometimes when she makes moves to the basket,” Coach Flynn said. Players with Augustus’ level of talent eventually hit their stride, but Coach Flynn didn’t expect Augustus to find her stride so soon – she found it less than 48 hours later.

“That was the game I was waiting for,” Coach Flynn said after Augustus’ 29-point outburst powered St. Mary’s to its first NSCHSAA since Augustus and her teammates have been alive. “She’s [preparing to be] a big time Division I player; sometimes I expect more from her than she does.”

If Augustus’ performance against St. Anthony’s on championship Sunday is any indication, the athletic Queens native with the college-ready frame has foreshadowed next year’s dominance on the Long Island Catholic league. Completely unstoppable in transition and driving to the hoop, Augustus was the locomotive that powered the Gaels past their league rival for the second time this season. Shooting 100 percent from the stripe for the game, she also made the defense pay. But as big and bright as her future is, Augustus’ humility and desire to improve may be her strongest asset.

“I really want to work on my shooting this summer,” she said. “My range and my handle. And I need to get in better shape. I realize that I’ll be playing the three in college and right now I’m playing like a [forward]. My goal is to work on my guard skills.”

Augustus will hit the AAU circuit with the NYC Heat this summer, improve her game and likely add to a list of college offers that already includes St. John's, University of Kentucky, Purdue, Memphis, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech.

 

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