Washburn Rural’s Jordan White has enjoyed his summer playing with one of the best 15U teams in the country.
White helped KC Run GMC win the Under Armour Association Finals in Georgia on Saturday with a 54-47 victory over New Heights in the championship game.
“It was a great,” White said. “I’m happy for all of the other guys too. We’re a team that never misses practices, we’re always there for each other, always working hard, and we stay together as a team even through the adversity when we’re down. We all figured out our roles and how to play together. We’re all just happy for each other and we’re all brothers and that’s what’s great about this team.”
KC Run GMC features a number of talented players including Hayden’s Zach Harvey, Jeremiah Robinson, Lamel Robinson, Josh Earley, and Clarence King.
With a number of top guys White filled a key role off the bench showing his versatility as a player playing multiple positions.
“It’s definitely different than school ball where I’m one of the top players on the team and I’ve got to score and make plays for the team,” White said. “On this team I’m more of an energy guy. I’ve got to come in and work hard on defense and bring energy to everyone else on the team and not necessarily be a guy who’s going to score a lot, but get rebounds and make all of the hustle plays for the team.”
Playing with KC Run GMC, which will finish its summer next week at the Jayhawk Finale, White has continued to develop as a young player in the 2019 class.
“When I went to play school ball in June I could just tell I was able to make more plays and I have been making more moves,” he said. “The Run GMC coaches are just great and they developed me a lot. I rebounded well, but just my ballhandling and passing skills, and they worked well on my eyes keeping them up looking for everyone and having good eyes on the court. My most improved part was my dribbling against more pressure and more athletic guys.”
“It was a definitely a different feeling when I went back with the school team compared to last winter,” White said. “As a freshman I was kind of nervous at times, but when I got back this summer I felt a lot more confident being a team leader, just taking more shots, helping guys out more, and being more vocal. Just being a better team leader and that’s really something Run GMC has really helped me with.”
Washburn Rural is coming off a 7-14 season, their fourth consecutive losing season and five seasons removed from their last state tournament appearance.
White, who averaged 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.3 steals in 21 games with nine starts as a freshman, is hoping to help the Junior Blues to a successful season this winter along with key returners Jenner Hickel and his brother Brayden White.
“With Jenner and Brayden and Zachary Ebert who can shoot I think we can be a real solid team that can contend for a Centennial League title if we work hard enough,” White said. “But really, we’ve had four straight losing seasons and this year I’m hoping that we get over that .500 mark.
“I’d really like to get to state or at least to the regional championship game and make that mark that Washburn Rural is coming back in the basketball world and we’re not having any more losing seasons.”