In the opening game of the new season, and with her team playing without its best player, sophomore Jordan McClendon scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead John Burroughs to a 33-15 win over Lift for Life Academy.
That magnificent season debut earned McClendon a nomination in this week's Patch MVP Athlete of the Week voting.
And with a strong showing of support from the JBS community, McClendon won the ballot this week (nabbing a whopping 70 percent of the votes cast) to become the third JBS student-athlete to win Patch MVP this year.
Football players Peter Schnuck and Ezekiel Elliott received the Patch MVP honor earlier, and the jovial Jordan McClendon has joined them.
Earlier this week, we caught up with Jordan and were able to find out a number of cool and interesting things about the Bombers' two-sport standout. (She also competes in track and field).
Here's just a little bit of what we found out about the Winter sports Week 1 Patch MVP Athlete of the Week, Jordan McClendon of the John Burroughs girls basketball team:
Patch: How did you get started playing basketball?
JM: I have been playing club basketball since the second grade.
Patch: When did you know that you were a good player?
JM: People have told me that I am a good player but it is something that I really don’t think that much about. When I am playing, I am pretty focused on doing what I can to help my team win.
Patch: How is your current season going?
JM: I think my season is off to a good start. One of my goals for the season is to be a more consistent player on offense and defense.
Patch: What is the favorite thing you like about being on your team?
JM: I really like how cohesive our team is. Everyone on our team comes from different skill levels and we all work hard to support each other during practices and games.
Patch: Comment on any special accomplishments this season so far. At 2-1, with a very young roster, you guys are off to a wonderful start. Tell us about it.
JM: I that think our biggest accomplishment this year is how well we've managed to bond as a team in such a short amount of time.
About half of our players are new to the team this year and getting a bunch of high school girls to work together at the varsity level isn’t an easy thing to do. I’m proud of how quickly we have managed to gel so quickly.
Patch: Tell us about your biggest fan. Who out there roots for you the hardest? And how does that make you feel?
JM: I don’t really like to think of having a "biggest fan". I think that there a lot of people out there supporting me and I am very grateful for that.
Patch: Who are you a big fan of? Could be sports, movies, music, anything. Tell us about your most favorite person.
JM: I’m a big fan of musical artists Lana Del Rey and Kid Cudi.
Patch: Now tell us why you are you're such a fan of this person.
JM: hey have overcome struggles in their personal lives and have found a way to be successful despite their challenges.
Patch: What is the favorite tune in your I-Pod?
JM: I love music so much that it's so hard to pick a favorite song, but right now my favorites include “Electric Feel” by MGMT and “Just What I Am” by Kid Cudi.
Patch: Last question, what is your go-to karaoke song? Meaning if you were trying to win a contest like American Idol or X-Factor what song would you sing to make the audience vote for you as the winner?
JM: I’m not the karaoke type but I would have pick a song by Marina and The Diamonds.
McClendon and the Bombers will be out at Whitfield High in Creve Coeur, for three games next week in the Whitfield Round Robin Invitational.
On Monday, JBS will play Crossroads Prep at 6 p.m.; on Wednesday, the Bombers will face St. Elizabeth at 7:30 p.m.; and then on Friday, it'll be JBS against tournament host, Whitfield, in another 7:30 p.m. contest.