October 30, 2020

Jordarius Foster named Times-Georgian All-Area MVP

Article written by Corey Cusick and courtesy of The Times-Georgian

(Carrollton, GA) — Jordarius Foster is living proof that old school is still cool.

The Heard County High School senior forward brought a throwback theme to the otherwise perimeter-oriented ways of the world this winter.

And not only did it make for a blast from the past in style of play, Foster truly served as a hallmark of history for the Heard County program upon lifting it to new heights that hadn’t been reached in nearly 60 years.

The 2016-17 Times-Georgian All-Area MVP proved to be the fundamental fixture in finessing the Braves to their first region championship since 1960 and the first state playoff win since 2002.

Because in the middle of it all was Foster, who was the least bit flashy, but straight filthy when it came to fundamentals.

As the Region 5-AA MVP and GACA North Class AA All-State performer, Foster was good for a double-double nearly every night, averaging 18 points and eight rebounds on a team that had plenty of balance among its nine-player rotation.

But without his presence in the paint, all the other prized pieces to the puzzle didn’t possess the same potency.

Times-Georgian All-Area MVP Jordarius Foster (Photo: Corey Cusick/Times-Georgian)

Times-Georgian All-Area MVP Jordarius Foster (Photo: Corey Cusick/Times-Georgian)

 

“It’s kind of like when you hear people talk about how Tim Duncan was. You didn’t hear anything flashy because he was so fundamentally-sound in everything he does,” Heard County head coach Keith Simmons said.

“We talked to a lot of college coaches about his stats and they weren’t worried about the stats. They were looking at the height and saying, ‘This guy?’ But, yeah, it’s all a mindset. He had a strong will and is strong-minded and is just a heck of a leader.”

Foster didn’t necessarily overwhelm opponents with size, speed or power, he just had a knack for the ball and always played with a purpose. He led by example and never got too high or too low, setting the tone by his play. And his teammates were tuned in to everything he did.

“He doesn’t get flustered. You never saw him get really happy or really down. He brings a calmness and that speaks to the consistency. He’s just consistent all the way around and everything you want in a leader, he was for us,” Simmons said.

After knocking on the playoff door the past two seasons and falling just short, Foster and the Braves enjoyed a long-awaited breakthrough this year, rattling off a 23-5 season and capturing the first region crown since 1960.

Coming off a 13-win season last year, Foster ignited a 10-win spike for the program, but he said it was a matter of everyone coming together to ultimately complete the task.

“What really stands out the most is our bond and how everything is going to change next year,” Foster said. “Everything that we put together, it’s not going to be the same with how we’re going to move forward.

“But it was great. The momentum that we went into this season, we figured we could go pretty far. I hate that it came to an end, but I think we can use that momentum going to the next level in college.”

Playing for the third different head coach in three years, Foster said it was an adjustment, but it wasn’t a situation that set the program back. If anything, he said the arrival of Simmons proved to be the glue to an already tight bond.

“With the different coaching changes, it made us band together as brothers and stick together,” Foster said. “Coach Simmons played a big role in that and letting us know our roles on the team.”

For Simmons, having a bona fide leader and consistent performer in the post was a luxury that stretches beyond the statistics.

“In an age of the five-out, all-guard type of systems from what the NBA down is going to, he brought that old-school, post player, I’m on the block and doing all the dirty stuff,” Simmons said.

“You don’t see much of that anymore. Nothing necessarily anything flashy, but just consistent and you know you’re going to get 20 and 10 on good nights and on a ‘not good night,’ you’re still going to get 15 and seven.”

And going out as a champion, Foster has set the bar high for the program and future senior classes to come. Because for the Braves, they want this to become the standard.

“When the young guys look at, OK, this guy here did it the right way. He didn’t complain, he worked hard and he got what he got. He got all-region MVP, all-state and this award. It’s good for the program,” Simmons said.

“It’s hard to tell kids the right way to play and a lot of the flashy kids who are about self, get recognized. So you kind of talk out two sides of your mouth, but when you see a young man like Jordarius and what he did and how he did it, I was blessed to have that group.”

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