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Toronto’s Electric Point Guard Jordan Persad

Toronto’s Electric Point Guard Jordan Persad

October 21st, 2015


Interview with Jordan Persad and the Persad Family.


What is an “Underdog”? Some would say that an underdog is an anthropomorphic dog,
who is a superhero like figure like a Superman and is similar to having a secret identity that is
rarely seen until the right point in the game. The premise of an underdog is an athlete who is
generally humble and loveable, along with being told that “he can’t” but mystically in time with
hard work and perseverance, actually goes out and proves people wrong by making it. Another
example is Mighty Mouse which is a superhero that is slated as being an underdog but finds a
way to make a difference and saves the day.
The point guard position in basketball is a difficult position to play and make a team at all level
due to the number of players who go out and tryout
for a particular team. In building a reputation
for bragging rights is usually a tough thing in a big metropolis like Toronto Canada because the
NBA has just been in Canada since 1995. Basketball Coaches all over the world will tell that
winning is the secret formula for getting credibility on the court and getting a lot of playing time is
a result of winning. At the end of the day if a team is winning basketball games, then Coaches stay
happy. “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it” some would often say in the sporting world and if you’re
continuously winning ball games everything will be alright.
There is a point guard by the name of Jordan Persad from Thornlea High School in Toronto
Canada that has been doing tremendous things on the basketball court and has been steadily
maintaining his school work above the grade in hopes of getting an athletic scholarship to play
ball in University somewhere. Weather it is in the NCAA, CIS or in Europe, Jordan Persad is going
to turn a lot heads this year in high school this upcoming season at Thornlea H.S. Thornlea H.S.
basketball team is Coached by Shane James who is an upcoming Coach within the basketball
circles in Canada and is the Director of the CYBL Basketball. Shane James has built his reputation
off hard work and is generally known as doing things the proper way in his program. Jordan
Persad is a product of this system and has been working tirelessly in getting recognized in
Canada at the National level. Jordan Persad comes from an All Canadian family that has instilled
the fundamentals in him to be a hard worker and you will be rewarded.
Matik Media Enterprises Magazine has constantly worked closely with the top high schoolers like
Marvin Bagley who is the number 1 player in North America, D’Andre Aston, Matik Newman,
Halen Brown and Borisa Seminic from Serbia to name a few. Everybody at Matik Media Enterprise
Magazine is proud to put the spotlight on Jordan Persad and the Persad family as the most under
rated point guard in the city of Toronto Canada or possibly Canada for that matter. Let’s get to
know Jordan Persad and take a close look at some of his skills on the court.


MM: How are you doing Jordan? Glad to be sitting with you today?
JP: I feel good and you?

MM: Fine Thanks. Jordan, how are you feeling going into your basketball season this year?
JP: I feel confident and I have been working really hard over the summer putting up shots and
getting better.

MM: How does your team look this year, and how do you expect your team to play?
JP: Hopefully we will be where we want to be and do all the things my Coaches ask of our team.
Our team looks really good and by hard work we want to go for a Championship.

MM: Jordan, your Coaches name at Thornlea is Shane James and Coach Mo. Can you describe
what your Coaches means to you and your development?

JP: Yeah Coach Mo is our Head Coach of the Junior team and Coach Shane is our Assistant
Coach of the Junior team and the Head Coach of the Seniors team. I have known my Coaches for
quite some time and they have been consistently working with me in getting better at my skills.

MM: You have been scratching the surface in being great and have been trying to get respect
nationally. Can you describe what type of player are you, and what is the most dynamic ingredient
to your game?
JP: My Basketball IQ I think is my greatest asset. I found that I can see the play develop ahead of
time and know where my man will be to make the right pass. I am a transition guard that likes to
run up and down the court a lot sort of like a Russell Westbrook and I have the tenacity to shoot
whenever open like a Steph Curry in the NBA.


MM: Most players have a favourite player in the NBA, can you tell us your favourite player that you
watch yourself being like and why?
JP: I would have to say Steph Curry because I think we have the similar hunger for the game. Like
Steph Curry they never thought he would become an MVP of the NBA coming out of high school
and they said he was too short. I know how that feels because some people have over looked me
and never gave me the chance to prove myself, so this gives me motivation for sure.

MM: Have you been involved with any teams in the AAU circuit before and what do you do in your
off season to get better as a basketball player?
JP: The past summer I played with Canada Elite and I really enjoyed that this summer. I worked out
with Coach Larry Brereton and he has helping with a number of things individually to better my
skills on the court. Speed work, Track & Field Training and putting up 1000 shots a day in the
summer. From basically 9am to 5pm with breaks in between. Also Coach,  I remembered what you
taught me watching you coach my brother Brandon and I thank you for helping us though.


MM: Thank you Jordan, that means a lot to me. Can you briefly tell us 3 of your top point guards that you played against and what were your statistics against these players?

JP: I played against a lot of name players in Canada and the United States but I don’t remember
my statistics right now. I recently played against Shemar Ratan over at Bill Crothers High School. I
had 13 points, 7 assists, 5 steals, 5 rebounds and only 1 turnover.

MM: That’s impressive Jordan and your assist/turnover stat is very good for a point guard. Do you
have any brothers or sisters? How has your older brother been an inspiration to you growing up?
JP: I have 2 brothers, Brandon my older brother he is 19 years old and he plays at Lake Head
University in Thunder Bay. My younger brother is Tyler and he is 9 years old. He is not playing
competitive basketball yet but he has strong dreams of following the basketball route.

MM: What influence has your parents played throughout your development in your basketball
JP: My parents have definitely played the biggest influence in my development athletically and
academically as well. Coach Larry Brereton has put a lot of time with me over the last few years
and I appreciate all that he has contributed to my game. There have been others also.

MM: What are 5 things that are most important for you in your basketball training? Who are your
5 top schools that you have in mind where you would like to play after graduating from high


JP: I would have to say my vision on the court is at a high level. I work a lot on my midrange
shots and also work on my dribbling. I watch a lot of NCAA basketball games over the weekend.
My favorite teams are Duke University and I enjoyed watching Tyrus Jones during their
Championship run earlier this year. My second favorite is Kentucky and I can’t wait to see Jamal
Murray who is a Canadian that has much hype this year. I also like Syracuse University and I
watched a lot of games when Tyler Ennis was there. UCLA also is a favorite of mine because they
have that run and gun style in the open court which suites my game a lot.

MM: Have you had any formal invitations to tryout
for your Canadian Basketball?
JP: I went to 3 open tryouts
for Canada Basketball but unfortunately I wasn’t chosen. This year I
was selected for the Tarageted Athlete Strategy and I look forward to training with them.

MM: We are unfortunately going to come to a close shortly. Is there anything that you would like
to say or mention that we didn’t cover in this interview that you would like to express?
JP: ‘lo questions Coach. You have pretty much covered it all today. It’s my first semester and I
know its early but my grade are above par and will continue to keep up the good works in my
classroom. I remembered what you always told us. “No books, No Looks!.” I thank you for that
again Coach and thank you for speaking with me today.

MM: Certainly. No worries my friend. I’ll be watching you as always and maybe I run you through a
workout after the season. Thank you and keep up the good works.
Written by: Martin Keane

matik magazine

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