A swan song for men’s basketball

On Feb. 17, the men’s basketball season was cut short by a third positive COVID test on the team. Their season concluded with a 2-1 record, with wins over Randolph, Emory and Henry and a three-point loss to Roanoke.

Three seniors on the team will likely graduate without a complete final season: Joah Logan, Jordan Wallis and Jaylen Gore.

Following an 18-8 record that concluded with a first round exit in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament at the hand of conference foe Roanoke, the team entered the year strong.

The 2019-2020 team graduated Kyler Gregory ‘20, who garnered First Team All-Conference honors for the ODAC tournament. Returning to the team was Redshirt junior Jorden Davis, who earned Third Team All-ODAC honors.

Through three games, the Quakers were led in scoring by junior Liam Ward, who averaged 24.3 points. With a 28 point performance against Roanoke, Davis was second on the team, averaging 17.3 points per game. In terms of ball control statistics, Gore led the team with four assists per game. Within the rebound category, Ward came in first with 12.3 rebounds per game.

Returning to the careers of the three seniors who are expected to graduate at the end of this year, let’s take a look at what each one contributed to the team over the past four years. Over those four years the Quakers won 59 games, with a 67 percent win percentage.

Wallis contributed meaningful minutes off the bench for the Quakers. He is a Wilkesboro native and came to Guilford via Roanoke College.

Wallis’s best performance came during Guilford’s win over Eastern Mennonite University on Feb. 8, 2020, when he recorded five points and six rebounds. The guard’s impact was always felt the most on the floor as a result of his dazzling and creative ball handling.

Logan was a mainstay at shooting guard through his four years, starting in 73 of the 86 games he appeared in. Logan put in 472 points while shooting at a reliable 40 percent.

The North Wilkesboro native enjoyed his best performance during Guilford’s win over Berry College on Nov. 23, 2019, when he recorded a season-high 14 points, three boards and three assists. Logan’s consistent and reliable presence at the two-guard position will be missed as the Quakers move forward.

Gore enjoyed a storied career at Guilford College. The fifth-year senior took to social media following the cancelation of the season to announce that he would pursue his sixth year of eligibility at another institution.

Gore leaves Guilford with his name all over the record books. He ranks tenth all-time with 296 assists, ninth all-time in assist per game 3.1, seventh all-time in assist per game 3.1, seventh all-time in games started with 83, ninth all-time in minutes with 2664, eighth all-time in minutes average with 28 and second all-time in free throw percentage in a season, with 87.7 percent.

Gore won two ODAC championships during his five years at Guilford. During his first championship run, he earned a place on the ODAC All-Tournament Team in the 2016-2017 season.

Gore also is in the exclusive club of Guilford men’s basketball players that have scored over 1,000 points in his career.