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Worthy inspiration for Rebels

Flintridge Prep's playoff run has been aided by the stellar play of senior forward Jared Norsworthy.

March 04, 2011|By Charles Rich,

One sign of a complete player is consistently getting it done on both ends of the court.

In the case of the Flintridge Prep boys' basketball team, it's got that type of playmaker in senior forward Jared Norsworthy.

Norsworthy, a senior forward, will gladly accept any assignment given to him by Flintridge Prep Coach Garrett Ohara. Norsworthy has provided the Rebels with an added dimension in their quest to win the program's first CIF championship.


He's been a steady force throughout the postseason for the top-seeded Rebels, who will meet third-seeded Muir in the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA championship game at 6 p.m. today at Mater Dei High's Meruelo Athletic Center.

"Defensively, we have asked Jared to do a lot," said Ohara, whose team topped St. Paul, 16th-seeded Whitney, ninth-seeded Blair and fourth-seeded Mission Prep to reach the finals for the first time since the Rebels fell to Verbum Dei, 73-48, in the Division IV-A championship game in 2004 at Loyola Marymount University. "He can guard a point guard or a power forward, and he's got that range to be able to guard four positions on the floor.

"He enjoys playing defense. On offense, he's great at being able to fill the lanes and have that ability to finish with a basket."

The Rebels (22-6) advanced to the championship game Feb. 25 with an 86-72 victory against Mission Prep at La Cañada High. Norsworthy registered 12 points.

In four playoff contests, the 6-2 Norsworthy is averaging 12.5 points per game. On the season, he's shooting 54% from the floor, second-best behind senior center Kenyatta Smith (59%), and averaging 12.2 points per game.

"I've been able to score some big baskets for us, but I definitely like playing defense first," said Norsworthy, who also plays wide receiver and safety on the school's football team and middle blocker on the boys' volleyball team. "With defense, it's something not a lot of people like to do.

"It's something you should strive for. It can give your team an advantage because it creates turnovers, rebounds and making things difficult for other teams in what they want to do."

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