Wardlaw’s Severino Headed to Drew

Rams Senior Averaged a Double-Double in 2021-22

NORTH EDISON, NJ—Over the past few years, Drew University has acquired quite a stable of GMC players including Howard McBurnie of St. Joseph’s.  In addition, the Rangers also have the likes of Malachi Walker (St. Joseph’s), Andrew Turco (Monroe), and Destiny Nwankwo (South Plainfield).  Now, you can add Wardlaw’s Jordan Severino, who recently announced his commitment to attend Drew next fall.

This past season, Severino averaged a double-double on a Wardlaw squad that finished 16-9 overall and 12-2 in the GMC Gold.  He teamed up with the likes of Mehkai Huey, Evan Benson, Xavier Hinds, and Harrison Kilpatrick on a tough Rams squad.  Although Wardlaw finished 2nd in the Gold Division behind Timothy Christian, they defeated the Tigers twice.  TCS didn’t lose to anyone else in the Gold this past season. 

Wardlaw’s Jordan Severino in action versus Princeton Day in NJSIAA Prep B Semifinals

Severino played in all 25 games for Wardlaw this season.  He made 123 total field goals and 75 free throws for a total of 323 points.  Severino also collected 281 rebounds, 35 assists, 26 steals, and 25 blocks.  Leading the GMC in rebounding and ranked fourth in efficiency, Severino averaged 12.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game.  As a result, Severino was selected to the GMC Hoops All Gold Division Team, All Windex Team, All Double-Double Team, and All Academic Team.

During the 2021-22 campaign, Severino scored in double figures 18 times including four games with 20 points or more.  Towards the end of the season, Severino scored a career high of 25 points in an 83-71 loss to J.P. Stevens on February 23rd.  Less than a month before, Severino pulled down a career high of 19 rebounds in a 60-55 victory over GMC Gold rival, Perth Amboy Tech on January 28th.  

After playing at Franklin two years ago, Severino transferred to Wardlaw, and missed the first half of last season.  Severino then played in each of the last 8 games for the Rams, and scored in all but one.  He scored in double figures 7 times and recorded 3 double doubles.  As a junior, Severino averaged 12.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.6 steals, and 1.0 assists per contest.  Severino recorded a season high 18 points in a 54-42 win over Piscataway Tech on February 17th.

Over his three years of varsity hoops at Franklin and Wardlaw, Severino played in 39 games. He scored 425 career points, and collected 362 rebounds, 45 assists, 40 blocks, and 39 steals.  Compiling 20 double-doubles, Severino averaged 10.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks, and 1.0 steals per game in his career.  Severino played in 6 games and collected just 6 points and 4 boards for Franklin as a sophomore in 2019-20

During Severino’s two seasons at Wardlaw, the Rams had an overall record of 28-12 including a 23-2 mark in the GMC Gold.  Unofficially, Wardlaw won the GMC Gold in 2020-21, but the GMC didn’t recognize division champs due to COVID.  The Rams finished second in the Gold Division this year.  Wardlaw finished third in the GMC’s Taylor Family Pod in 2021, and reached the NJSIAA Non-Public B North Quarterfinals in 2022.

Severino will be joining a Drew men’s basketball program that is in very good shape.  Drew has reached the Landmark Conference Tournament Championship four straight years.  After finishing 18-9 overall and 11-3 in conference, the Rangers lost to Susquehanna (76-68) in the 2022 Landmark Conference Championship Game.  Last year, Drew finished 7-2 overall and won the Landmark Conference crown over Scranton (84-78) in an abbreviated season due to COVID.  

Wardlaw’s Jordan Severino battling for a rebound versus Bridgewater-Raritan on February 5th.

In the two previous years, 2018-19 and 2019-20, Drew had a combined record of 44-14 overall including a 23-5 mark in the Landmark Conference.  Both seasons resulted in berths in the Landmark Conference Tournament Final.  Over the past four seasons, Drew has compiled an overall record of 69-25 including a 38-9 mark in conference play.

Besides the recent stable of players from the GMC, Drew has had several other notable players from Middlesex County.  Travis DeNapoli of Dunellen and Scott Miller of Piscataway played at Drew in the late 2000s.  North Brunswick’s Keon Rankins was also on the Rangers roster from 2012 to 2014.  Drew also has several standout GMC players on their women’s hoops team including Woodbridge’s Brooke Timinski and Metuchen’s Sam Antin.

Congratulations Jordan on your college choice, and best wishes for future success.

Wardlaw’s Jordan Severino battles for another rebound in the first half at Bridgewater-Raritan on February 5th.