New Home For King

Jordan King once played at Swayze Field. That was for another in-state team. This fall, he'll be back out there, but this time for the Ole Miss Rebels.

After starring at Northwest Rankin High School, the Brandon native signed with Southern Mississippi. When the Golden Eagles made it to the Oxford Regional in 2007, King DH'ed in USM's elimination game vs. Sam Houston State and went 2-for-4.

King's road had already been rocky to that point with an injured shoulder his freshman season. After that season he returned to USM for the fall but left for Meridian Community College for the spring semester of his second year in college and rehabbed his injured shoulder. There was no surgery but it took a while for it to heal.

Then in 2008-09, the infielder worked his way back to Division I baseball by having an outstanding season at MCC. He led the Eagles in batting average this spring at .418 and was also the team leader in hits with 87.

He had 40 RBI along with eight home runs and 10 stolen bases, and he drew the attention of coaches at the next level. When all was said and done, he chose to stay instate and play for Ole Miss. He will be here for the upcoming fall semester, getting ready for the 2010 season.

"After the draft (last month), Ole Miss had infield needs and called," said King, who played shortstop for MCC but also plays second and third. "It really came down to Coastal Carolina and Ole Miss, and I decided to stay instate and play. A big part of it was staying in Mississippi and playing in front of family and friends."

The 6-foot, 190-pound King was named All-Region and All-District this past season as the MCC program had another successful run, winning the Region 23 tournament in Baton Rouge and advancing to a Super Regional in Missouri where the Eagles lost.

King, who went 5-for-5 in two games this past season and had two home runs in the Regional in Baton Rouge, now focuses on getting ready for fall ball and helping the Rebels to another successful season. King, who bats and throws right-handed, said he's looking forward to building on last spring and improving all aspects of his game.

"I want to continue the same offensive approach I've had," he said, which was obviously successful. "I'd like to continue to hit for a high average. Defensively, I want to be even more solid than I've been. I want to work in all areas to get better."

Now that he's found a baseball home again, he can start to do just that.

"I'm excited about it," King said. "Ole Miss wins and competes for Omaha every year. I'm looking forward to being a part of that."


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