Saturday, April 25, 2009

Beard finishes his career at Oberlin with All-NCAC First Team honors

OBERLIN, Ohio - Jordan Beard, who was Lorain County’s Mr. Basketball in 2003-04, was named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference’s First Team, after averaging 18.3 points per game for Oberlin College, which ranked him third in the league.

Beard, who has been hampered by injuries during his four years, scored in double figures in 23 of Oberlin’s 25 games and scored 20-plus points 11 times this season. He also set the single-season 3-point record with 75 and finished his career with 1,160 points.

He joins his father Byron Beard and uncle Elliot Beard on the 1,000 point club. His father Byron is Oberlin’s second all-time leading scorer with 2,013 points. Elliot remains the only Yeomen ever drafted to the NBA, as he was an eighth round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1984.

Last year, Beard led the team in scoring six times before missing the last nine games of the season due to injury. He finished with a 12.6 points per game average and was third on the team with 215 points.

After suffering a stress fracture in his right knee in his first game as a sophomore, he received a medical red-shirt. He returned the following year to finish third on the team in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game, while breaking the Yeomen’s single-season record for free throw percentage (.889). He also made at least six 3-pointers in three different games and reached double figures in scoring 16 times.

His freshman season, he averaged 10.3 points per game and made 10 starts. He also dished out 21 assists, good for fourth on the team. He scored in double figures seven times. This was after recovering from a torn ACL he suffered after graduating high school.

As a senior at Oberlin High School, Beard was not only was recognized as Lorain County's Mr. Basketball, but he was also honorable mention All-Ohio. He earned four letters in basketball, baseball and football in his four years in high school. He was also named All-Lorain County in football and baseball.

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