Former Panther joins retooling Hurricanes
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.
Jayden Nordin did not play basketball last year.