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Not pretty, but effective

Graber's perimeter shooting helping Comets

January 28, 2010
Matt Mullally

Wolford senior guard Jordan Graber admits his shooting stroke isn't the prettiest.

"There isn't a lot of arc to my shot,' Graber said. "It's sort of flat, but I've had that shooting style for so long."

Pretty or not, it's effective, and that's all that concerns Comet boys basketball coach Jesse Vote.

"It's a bit unorthodox and he often is fading back when he releases the ball, but if he can get his feet set first, it's got a good chance of going in,' Vote said.

Graber, who is playing his second full season on the varsity, knew points from the guards were critical to the Comets success.

"I knew we had to have more perimeter scoring this year because teams are going to pack it inside to take away Nic (Pfeifer) and Blake (Nelson),' Graber said.

Pfeifer and Nelson are the Comets 1-2 scoring punch in the paint and are getting the attention of opponents.

That has meant R-W has faced many zone defenses and the best way to break the zone is by knocking down open shots. And recently, the squad is getting more offensive production from its outside shooters, and that's a credit to Graber and other shooters.

Jordan's point production has steadily increased and on three occasions has hit double figures. He's averaging about seven points a game.

"Shooting is a lot about confidence and when you hit a few shots, get into a rythm, you can get on a roll,' he said.

Vote said Jordan is not overly strong, but this quickness and size make him a difficult matchup for opposing guards.

Defensively, he has picked up his play. Graber credits that to more varsity time and developing a greater understanding of the game.

He's hoping Jordan his final season wearing a Comet uniform will include a trip to the Region 4 Tournament.

The program has endured several consecutive seasons, but it appears the Comets fortunes are turning. So far, the squad is on the right track, and is in a good position to earn a top three finish in the district standings and earn a favorable seed for the district tournament.

"We're tired of losing and this year we're trying our best (to get back to regionals),' Graber said.

Jordan is doing his part. And although he won't receive any style points for his shooting mechanics, He does get credit on the scoreboard - and that's all that matters.



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