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Posted On: 06/4/18 8:02 PM
JOPLIN, Mo. — Girard 2020 Ryder Worrell is coming off a strong sophomore season and has taken that performance into the Trojans first summer event at Missouri Southern in Joplin.
A 5’11, 145-pound guard, Worrell averaged 16 points per game last season for the Trojans. He is a quick guard who likes to knock down open 3-pointers, but is also capable of getting his teammates involved.
“I didn’t think I performed the way I wanted to during my sophomore season, my shooting percentage wasn’t what I would like it to be,” he said.
However, Worrell said the biggest disappointment was missing the Kansas 4A state playoffs after being eliminated by Frontenac in the sub-state finals.
“That was disappointing to me because I’m super competitive and want to be the best, at the same time it creates more fire in me to be better,” Worrell said. “So for my junior season I’ve got a lot of work to put in to get where I want to be and I play basketball everyday of my life no matter what and I don’t get sick of it.
“For our team I hope they’ll want to win as bad as I want to, I think we could win state if my teammates and I work hard enough.”
Worrell says he is competing for a pair of teams this offseason, including Rise Above who recently wrapped up competing in several tournaments in Arkansas. He says he has enjoyed competing in June with his Girard teammates as well.
“I enjoy playing with my Girard teammates because our chemistry is smooth,” he says.
Worrell says he is working on his game this offseason and hopes to take his game to another level.
“I hope to get some confidence in my game and to improve the most I can so I can be the best I can be,” he says. “I want to be a more athletic player and be able to shoot deeper to spread defenses out. I also want to play as much as I can so I can improve my basketball IQ.”