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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Rider signs three guards

Rider head coach Kevin Baggett has added some backcourt depth for the future, inking three guards during the recent signing period.

Set to join the Broncs next season are Jordan Allen, Stevie Jordan and Xzavier Malone.

Allen enters his senior season at Dover High (Delaware) needing 77 points to reach 1,000 for his scholastic career. He averaged 26.6 points per game as a junior, ranking as the top scorer in Delaware.

The 6-foot-3 guard shot 52 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond the arc. Given Rider’s poor jump shooting, if Allen can continue that kind of success, he’ll have a chance to play right away.

Jordan, a 5-10 point guard, has local connections, hailing from nearby Bensalem and helping Conwell-Egan Catholic win a state title last season. He’s spending this year at Advance Prep International in Dallas.

Jordan averaged 16.8 points per game and was the Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class AA Player of the Year.

Malone is a 6-4 combo guard, who Baggett described as someone who can score in multiple ways. He compiled 15 points and six rebounds per game last season at perennial Suburban One League power Plymouth-Whitemarsh.

Malone is also left-handed and his athleticism may remind Rider fans of Anthony Myles, another southpaw who scored 1,000 points over his four years in Lawrenceville.

“These three fill a void for us,” Baggett told the school’s athletic website. “We are graduating three guards from this year’s team. We are happy, we think we got some really good players and all three can score the ball. We’re counting on all three to make an impact right away. I’m excited about this group.”


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