Jordan Hosey ready to take charge
With a mixture of anticipation, courage and pride, Jordan Hosey drew 19 charges last season.
To put that obscure statistic in perspective, the next-best player in the category on the Class 5A state championship Manvel (Texas) team was Lauren Taylor with four.
Superstar Brianna Turner, a 6-foot-3 forward who was ranked the No. 2 prospect in the nation in the 2014 class and is headed to Notre Dame, drew a total of one offensive foul last season.
"I love taking charges," said Hosey, a 6-2 forward and the No. 8 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2015 class. "I don't know of too many girls who are willing to stand in front of someone going full speed and let them run you over and be OK with it.
"But I am."
Hosey, who has committed to Texas, is not only adept at taking charges, she also is taking charge of the Manvel team now that Turner is graduating.
Turner had 17 points and 17 rebounds on March 1 when Manvel upset Duncanville 58-53 in the state final. But Hosey was good in that game as well, scoring 14 points as Manvel snapped Duncanville's historic 105-game win streak.
"Jordan has always been a leader," Manvel coach Bryan Harris said. "Brianna led by example, and she was our star player. But even when Brianna was on our team, Jordan was probably our most vocal leader.
"And now that Brianna is moving on, even more of those duties of leadership and [talking to the media] will fall on Jordan."
Hosey, who has a 3.3 GPA and aspires to be a coach and/or basketball analyst, averaged 14.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.2 blocks last season.
Harris sees Hosey's versatile skill set and envisions an ideal small forward at the college level.
Hosey is so good, in fact, that Al Coleman, her club coach on Cy Fair Ogwumike, is at times more of a fan than anything else.
"Sometimes I catch myself watching her and being in awe of what she is doing, and I forget I'm coaching," Coleman said. "That doesn't happen very often with any player, but she is unique."
What thrills Coleman the most is Hosey's work in the paint.
"She doesn't have prototypical size for the low post, but her footwork is like a ballerina," Coleman said. "The way she can seal her defender, go up and under or spin from one side to the other ... it's amazing."
Hosey said the spin move is something she got comfortable with only recently.
She had seen another player tear her ACL while executing a spin move. But Hosey did a spin early this past season, and it went well, and then another ... and another.
"Now it's my go-to move," she said.
Hosey said she has never done ballet, at least not officially. But Harris also sees some swan-like tendencies in his star player.
"Twice last year," he said, "I saw her do like a reverse-pirouette layup, and she ended up crashing into the wall while our student section went crazy."
Teaming with Turner
Manvel fans should have a lot to cheer about again next season, even without Turner and 6-foot forward Rangie Bessard, who averaged 14.7 points and 9.4 rebounds and signed with Minnesota.
Turner, who averaged 20.9 points and 11.4 rebounds, has had a major influence on Hosey, who will be one of three returning starters.
"Brianna has been her inspiration," said Hosey's mother, Felicia Hosey.
Harris said the chemistry last season between Turner and Hosey was outstanding -- two selfless players co-existing perfectly for the greater good of the team.
But they weren't always in perfect harmony.
"For some odd reason, Brianna and I didn't like each other in junior high," Hosey said. "When I was set to play travel ball with DFW Elite [in junior high], I didn't want to go because Brianna was there."
Turner agreed that the two never spoke to each other at first.
"I guess we judged the book by its cover," Turner said.
Now, though, they read each other very well and consider each other as close as sisters.
"Our relationship has grown so much," Hosey said. "It's going to be different playing without her because we've been together [at Manvel] since freshman year. It's going to take a while to adjust, but I will try to not let it take too long."
Hosey said she will keep in touch with Turner. But she will also continue to emulate her friend's incredible work ethic.
It was Turner who introduced Hosey to Steve Barber, a personal trainer who has put them both through rigorous offseason workouts.
Turner said the workouts are tough physically and mentally, and Hosey agreed.
"I cried after my first workout with him," Hosey said. "I told my mom: 'I'm not going back. I can't do it. He tried to kill me.'"
Ultimately, though, Hosey decided that if Turner could do it, she could, too.
"Before Steve, I was used to going to the gym and just putting up shots," Hosey said. "But with Steve, we're running the full length of the court, he's hitting us when we shoot layups, saying it's not going to be easy [in college].
"I've been working out with him for a year-and-a-half, and you go there, and, basically, it's time to die."
Perhaps those excruciating drills have helped Hosey deal with the pain from taking those charges that have become her trademark.
Her mother said it was "exciting" to see her daughter take charges, adding that her girl has "no fear."
Hosey said her "butt and back" are sore after games, and she also hurt her shoulder once while taking a charge.
Harris doesn't want her to get hurt, obviously, but he has long encouraged his entire team to play selflessly.
"We told our kids two or three years ago that if they take charges, they will get the coaches to stand up and clap as loud as we can for them," Harris said. "It's one thing to get those main stats such as points and rebounds, but we really praise the girls who take charges."
Harris said the calls that Hosey gets are legit -- no flopping. Hosey, he said, anticipates where offensive players are going and understands that path sometimes before her opponent even knows.
At one point, Harris promised her to buy Hosey ice cream for every charge she takes.
"I think," Harris said, "I owe her about 50 gallons of ice cream."