By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
Jordan Magnani is a senior at Mt. Pleasant High School and a member of the Panther boys? basketball team.
Magnani has been a four-year starter for the Panthers and has been the second-leading scorer for Mt. Pleasant all four years.
Magnani is also a member of the Panther football, track and baseball teams. He met with The News on Tuesday before practice. The questions are in bold with his answers following.
Did you grow up here in Mt. Pleasant? Yeah, I did.
How long have you been playing basketball? Ever since third grade, probably.
Have you made plans for after high school? I?m going to play basketball in college. I just don?t know where yet.
What is your favorite basketball memory? Probably beating Oskaloosa in substate last year. That was just a crazy game. We all played so well. It was crazy.
How much do you go on basketball sites and look up the other teams? It kind of just depends on the scouting report we have on the team ahead. That?s kind of what I go by. I don?t usually look up other teams? stats and stuff.
What is it like having your dad as a coach? I actually like it a lot because he pushes me to be the best I can be, and all the other guys listen to him a lot because he?s got a lot of experience.
Do him or Coach Rundquist ever have to step in when you need one more guy during practice? Nah, I think they?re too old for that.
You don?t think they could keep up with you guys? No. Coach Rawson has before, but not them.
You play a lot of sports, but if you had to choose between one you aren?t involved in, what would you go out for? That?s kind of tough. I?ve always wanted to try playing tennis. I don?t know why. Or men?s volleyball.
If Coach Rundquist had a mute button and he could silence one of you at any time, who would he use it on the most? I don?t think he?d really use a mute button, I think he?d use a ?talk more? button instead. But if he had to mute one person, I guess I?d say Jonathan Ita. He says some dumb stuff.
Which of your teammates is the most competitive? Probably Brady (Sartorius). He just goes at it every practice.
Which one would make the best comedian? Colin (Mulford).
Who has the best hair? And you can say yourself. I?d definitely say myself. I?ve got the long flowing hair. My teammates wouldn?t say that, but?
They don?t like your hair? No. No one really likes my hair.
Do you have any nicknames? J-Mags or Mags, or Coach Rundquist always calls me ?The Italian Stallion? but he?s about the only one.
Favorite movie or TV show? My favorite movie is probably ?Straight Outta Compton.?
Where would you go if you could travel anywhere in the world? Probably Italy. I?m like 50 percent Italian so I?ve always wanted to go there.
You fit right in, right? Do you speak any Italian? No, I wish.
If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would you choose? Probably Michael Jordan.
What would you guys do? Look at shoes and go to a couple basketball games.
What if you could pick a superpower? Probably flying. I?d fly everywhere.
Who is your favorite teacher? Probably Mrs. Kohorst. I?ve just known her for so long and I?ve got a good relationship with her.
Do you have any shout outs? I?ve got to shout out Colby Potts because we?ve both got the long hair going, and then Colin Mulford because he?s always making fun of people on our team.
Panther Profile is a series of interviews with Mt. Pleasant athletes currently in season. This season will focus on members of the Panther basketball, bowling and wrestling teams.