Pistoia Basket 2000 is pleased to announce that it has acquired the right to sports performance of the athlete Jordon Malik Varnado. The US winger, younger brother of the unforgettable former red and white Jarvis, is preparing to debut in Italy eager to confirm the great expectations that accompany him: he is the first foreigner on the Pistoia roster for the 2021-22 season.
Born in Brownsville, Tennessee, May 12, 1997, a 198 cm x 107 kg wing, Jordon Varnado grows up basketball at the prestigious Troy University. In the four years in which he played for the “Trojans” he made exponential progress, closing the last season with 21.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and combining a lethal shot with the great physicality of he. After the adventure at college, Varnado lands in Europe and begins his professional career in Hungary, with the Egis Kormend shirt. In his rookie season, the US winger immediately left his mark, averaging over 16 points and 5 rebounds per game between the Hungarian top division and the Fiba Europe Cup, making him one of the best performers in the league. The following year he arrives in Poland, at Gtk Gliwice, confirming himself at high levels with over 17 points and 5 rebounds per shoe lacing. Remained in the pits last season due to family problems, he is now ready to resume his rise with the red and white shirt.
This is the comment of coach Nicola Brienza: «We are talking about a player I know well because I have been trying to sign him for two years, first in Trento and then in Pistoia. This year the right opportunity was created and, although we were still in an embryonic phase of building the team, we decided not to miss the opportunity. Varnado is a versatile winger, with great physical and technical impact, with important skills both near and in front of the basket. Despite being young, he already has good experience, having already played in Europe at high levels: from his side he has truly remarkable numbers and ample room for improvement. For him it will be a year of relaunch and we are sure that he will be able to make a decisive contribution to our cause ».
These are Jordon Varnado’s first words in red and white: «I’m really excited at the thought of playing with the Pistoia shirt: it will be my first year in Italy and I can’t wait to start working with my new teammates. I know that there are high expectations of me: the coach asked me to have a great impact and to give my best for the team, I am ready and charged to make myself available and to make a difference. My brother, who was very important in my growth, told me only positive things about the city and the fans: I am convinced that we will have a wonderful time together. The target? I’m here to win ».
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