Originally posted at: The Philadelphia Tribune
Maria Conyers-Jordan, Friends’ Central outstanding shooting guard, will play her college basketball for Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. The 5-foot-9 Conyers-Jordan was one of the top high school players in the Philadelphia area. She’s looking forward to playing for Division I basketball for the Seahawks.
“The school is a small school in Staten Island, N.Y.,” Conyers-Jordan said. “The main reason why I chose to play at Wagner was because of the brand new coaching staff. The head coach [Lisa Cermignano] was a player of the year when she was in high school. She’s in the George Washington [University] Hall of Fame. She’s a big time coach coming to a small program. I was very impressed with the coaching staff. It seems like a good opportunity for me. I think I have a good chance of playing and being involved with team my first year.”
Conyers-Jordan has received some good coaching throughout her playing career. Her dad, Paul Jordan was a terrific player at Germantown and Penn State Abington. He provided her with plenty of knowledge. Conyers-Jordan also played for Yolanda Laney, former University City High star and Cheyney University All-American. She attends Laney’s workout sessions at the Daniel E. Rumph Center, Morton and Johnson Streets, in Germantown.
“She’s been such an influence on my life for as long as I can remember,” Conyers-Jordan said. “I live real close to Mallery [which is now Daniel E. Rumph Center]. I would just walk over on Saturday mornings with my dad and shoot. She would be running the drill sessions with my dad. She’s such a good teacher that’s the one thing I learned. She makes sure you understand everything.”
Conyers-Jordan had a great a senior year at Friends’ Central. She averaged 19.6 points and 9.0 rebounds a game. She received All Friends League and All-Main Line first-team honors. She attended the Keystone Elite Camp at Bloomsburg University last summer. She played for the New York Gauchos, a nationally known AAU basketball team. Conyers-Jordan plans to spend the summer preparing for her freshman year. “I’m going to work on my strength and speed along with the regular ballhandling and shooting skills,” Conyers-Jordan said. “The biggest thing for me is getting stronger and faster.”
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