WINNSBORO — Jordan Pauling has proven to be a clutch shooter for the Griffins this year, and he was especially critical in the Griffins win at home versus Eau Claire.
Pauling came off the bench and, without hesitation, hit a three-pointer that put the Griffins ahead for good in that game.
That has been Pauling’s role this year, to be a big shot maker when his team needs him. He’s accomplished much more, though, and has been strong defensively.
Pauling is struggling with the knowledge that all that is close to an end for him at Fairfield Central.
“With this being my senior year, I can’t put words to it,” he said. “I’m about to leave this year, it’s just crazy.”
While he isn’t looking forward to leaving, Pauling does have plans for the future.
“I’m going to College of Charleston. Hopefully, maybe I can play basketball down there,” he said. “This year, I just haven’t put up big numbers, so I don’t know. But hopefully I can go down there and play.”
For now, though, Pauling is content in his role for the Griffins.
“I’m a shooter, and I have to make big shots for this team,” he said. “We have a really good team, very skilled people in Aykel and Brandon, so my part is just to make big shots to take pressure off of them.”
Coach Devin Liferidge echoed that sentiment.
“He has started, come off the bench, played a lot, didn’t play,” Liferidge said. “He’s just the ultimate teammate and has been ready when he’s called upon. Really good shooter, intelligent young man.”
Off the court, Pauling says he enjoys science classes.
“I love science. It doesn’t matter what kind,” he said. “Anything to do with life, chemicals, radiation, anything like that, I love it.”
Pauling hopes to take that love of science and turn it into a career.
“I’m going to try to go in and be a sports medicine tech to get my papers to become a doctor,” he said.
As a doctor, he isn’t sure where he will end up but he would like to return to Fairfield County.
“I’m going to try to get back to Fairfield, this is where I grew up. One thing I hear from everyone in school is they want to leave Fairfield, but right now, me being a senior and leaving, I don’t want to leave,” he added.
Pauling says that he tries to be humble, and that can mean distancing himself from some people.
“I’m very humble, I don’t let things get to my head. I try to keep distance from people that are very up on themselves and don’t know how to down it sometimes when they do big things,” he said.
Pauling doesn’t play any other sports for Fairfield Central, but has tried other venues.
“I swam for a while. I played ping pong competitively in Blythewood,” he said. “I tried that out, it didn’t work too well because those guys take that pretty seriously, so that didn’t work out for me. I stuck with basketball.”
Reach James Inabinet at (803) 635-4016.