Tak­ing shape

For­mer Pan­ther joins re­tool­ing Hur­ri­canes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JASON MAL­LOY

Jay­den Nordin is com­ing back to Prince Ed­ward Is­land to play bas­ket­ball, but this time he will be wear­ing the Hol­land Col­lege Hur­ri­canes uni­form.

The col­lege an­nounced Wed­nes­day the six-foot point guard from Hal­i­fax has com­mit­ted to the Hur­ri­canes.

He played for the UPEI Pan­thers in 2013-14, but didn’t play last year.

“I have two goals for this up­com­ing sea­son: To be­come the de­fen­sive player of the year and to be a part of a team that wins a na­tional ti­tle,” Nordin said.

He was the Pan­thers rookie of the year in 2013-14 when he av­er­aged 5.4 points, 1.4 re­bounds and 0.8 as­sists in 11 min­utes per game.

Nordin had planned on re­turn­ing to UPEI in Septem­ber, but has since de­cided to en­roll in Hol­land Col­lege’s sport and leisure man­age­ment course. He likes what he sees in the Hur­ri­canes pro­gres­sion.

“They mus­cled their way to be­com­ing one of the top teams in the coun­try,” he said.

Hur­ri­canes coach Josh Whitty said Nordin brings ver­sa­til­ity to the team and an abil­ity to pen­e­trate and fin­ish at the rim or find a team­mate.

“I have two goals for this up­com­ing sea­son: To be­come the de­fen­sive player of the year and to be a part of a team that wins a na­tional ti­tle.” Jay­den Nordin

“With some of the guys we’ve got lined up here, I think we can play mul­ti­ple point guards at the same time. It sort of fits into our style re­ally well,” he said. “I think he brings some re­ally nice in­tan­gi­bles of­fen­sively.”

The Hur­ri­canes went 18-0 and won their third con­sec­u­tive At­lantic Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion ti­tle be­fore fin­ish­ing fifth out of eight teams at the na­tion­als in Hamil­ton, Ont.

While there will be a ma­jor turnover of the Hur­ri­canes ros­ter from last sea­son, the coach said there is some fa­mil­iar­ity amongst the re­turn­ing and new play­ers.

“We have a lot of guys who have played to­gether be­fore,” Whitty said.

Nordin played with Travis Adams, who has com­mit­ted to the Hur­ri­canes, at Ci­tadel High School and Nova Sco­tia pro­vin­cial teams.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Jay­den Nordin did not play bas­ket­ball last year.

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