Auburn Signee A Star for the Stars

Auburn signee Jordon Granger talks about leading his team to a state basketball title.

Florissant, Mo.--Jordon Granger saved his best performance of high school for his last game as he led his McCluer North Stars to the Missouri Class 5 state basketball championship with 26 points and 16 rebounds in the title game.

Before his senior season started the Auburn signee predicted his team would be able to defend its state title despite a lack of preseason respect after graduating the star of the 2010-2011 team, guard B.J. Young, who was a key player for the Arkansas Razorbacks this season.

"When we won the championship it was just a great feeling, a feeling of wow," the 6-8 1/2, 190-pound forward said. "It has been 34 years since a team repeated as the state champion from our area, and that it was our rival, McCluer, makes it even sweeter."

To advance to the state finals, the Stars had to go through a stong McCluer team playing on its homecourt in the district championship game. Granger led the way for his team's 58-54 victory, scoring 25 points and pulling in 11 rebounds.

McCluer North defeated an outstanding opponent, Nixa High, 69-60 in the championship game on the University of Missouri campus. Nixa came into the contest with a 30-game winning streak.

"Nixa is a great shooting team," Granger said. "We had to play really well to beat them. The key to the game was our ability to make foul shots."

McCluer North came into the game as a hot team, too. The Stars finished the season with a 28-1 record.

"Last year's championship was great, but this year's was even sweeter to me because it is my senior season," Granger said. "Last year we had B.J. to carry us. This year with him gone a lot of people doubted what we could do."

Granger said that he received congratulations on the title from his future head coach, Tony Barbee, as well as one of Barbee's assistant coaches at Auburn, Tony Madlock. "They said they are really excited for me and proud of me," noted Granger, who signed with the Tigers in the early period last November.

The high school senior said he will soon begin preparations for heading off to college.

"I am working at becoming bigger and stronger," he said. "Starting next week I will be in the gym doing two-a-days. I will graduate in May and then I plan to come to Auburn in June."

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