By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
Mt. Pleasant senior Jordan Magnani signed his letter of intent on Tuesday to attend and play basketball for Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. The four-year Panther starter signed his letter surrounded by family and friends at the Mt. Pleasant High School Media Center.
Magnani was the second-leading scorer in each of the last four seasons, eventually eclipsing the 1,000 career point mark his senior year. Magnani was a key member of the 2018 class that led Mt. Pleasant to the state tournament in back-to-back seasons.
?I?ve been working hard all throughout high school and in the summers, working up to this date,? Magnani said about his journey. ?Making a college decision wasn?t easy by any means, but I think I chose the right school in Cornell.?
Magnani said Cornell head coach Dave Schlabaugh had been recruiting him hard since about halfway through his senior season, and that going and watching the Rams play helped him with his decision. Magnani was even able to play a bit with the team after the year was done.
?It was off-season, so they were all a little tired,? Magnani explained, ?but I really enjoyed it.?
Mt. Pleasant head coach Paul Rundquist praised Magnani?s leadership, calling him a great leader for the school and around the community. Rundquist said Magnani?s work ethic was a key in making it to the next level.
?He?s a basketball junky and a gym rat,? Rundquist said. ?He?s also a fantastic student, and if you put those things together, you get a well-rounded young man.?
Magnani plans on studying business at Cornell and has future goals of working in sports-management. He will be joining a basketball team that went 12-13 overall and 7-11 in the Midwest Conference.
When asked what Magnani had learned in high school to help him at the next level, he said there wasn?t much he couldn?t attribute to his time at Mt. Pleasant.
?Pretty much everything,? Magnani said. ?I mean, I?ve learned too much to even recall, so I will be taking a lot of tools with me.?