Senior leads Sewickley Academy boys basketball

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Senior Jordan Milo has outsmarted opponents in becoming a standout on the Sewickley Academy boys basketball team, Panthers coach Win Palmer said.

“Jordan can defend a quicker player by playing the correct angles, a taller player by not allowing him to get position (and) a shooter by contesting his shots,” said Palmer, adding that Milo is a solid rebounder, too.

Milo, a 6-foot-2 guard, also has done well offensively, averaging 8.5 points and three assists in the first 10 games this season.

“Jordan is a knock-down shooter who finds open teammates with good passes,” Palmer said.

Milo sank 20 3-pointers for a Sewickley Academy team that finished fifth in WPIAL Class A a year ago.

Milo has helped ease the graduation loss of Carrington Motley, who scored more than 1,000 points in his career and averaged 20 points last year.

“We don't have that go-to player anymore,” Milo said. “Everybody's had to step up, which has made it really fun.”

One of two senior starters, Milo leads the team in a quiet way, Palmer said.

“He has a knack for reaching out to a teammate at the right times to offer helpful comments,” Palmer said. “Since he chooses his words carefully, his teammates respect his advice and take it to heart.”

Junior Keenan Hickton considers Milo a superb role model.

“He's been basketball captain and golf captain, and he's probably going to be captain of the baseball team, too,” said Hickton, 17. “He's a perfectionist.

“He's very humble and carries himself in an impressive manner.”

Milo also was a standout on a Sewickley Academy golf team that was WPIAL Class AA runner-up the past two years. He finished 12th at the WPIAL boys individual championship last fall.

He favors golf and said it has made him better in basketball.

“It steels your nerves and helps you learn about yourself,” he said.

He would like to play golf in college and is considering trying out for the team at Notre Dame, Boston College or Miami of Ohio.

He plans to study business and would like to work as an accountant one day.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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