Cascade Christian junior-to-be Jordan Tveter spent the past two years as a role player on the basketball court. That will change significantly when the high school boys basketball season kicks off in November.
Tveter was the Cougars’ best perimeter shooter a year ago and has already grown from 5-feet-11 to 6-2 since the season ended in February.
The Cougars have a huge void to fill as their top two scorers graduated last month. Shawn Spencer, a 6-10 center, and steady power forward Jacob Kushan were fixtures in the starting lineup during the past two seasons.
Tveter knows the pressure is on.
“We have got to do everything,” Tveter said. “Instead of depending on Shawn (Spencer) and (Jacob) Kushan to get the rebounds, all of us have to box out. Defensively, we don’t have that 6-foot, 10-inch player in the middle to get those timely blocks every time.”
Cascade Christian won back-to-back state titles in 2009-10 and 2010-11 and finished third in 2011-12. This past season, the Cougars failed to make it to the state tournament for the first time since 2009.
“It was a huge disappointment,” Tveter said. “We had a lot of talent coming back. Not getting back to the state tournament was tough. We want to do everything we can to get back there.”
The Herald recently asked Tveter a few questions about his life away from the basketball court.
The Herald: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Jordan Tveter: When people chew with their mouth open. The noise of the food going in and out is gross.
TH: What is your favorite movie of all time?
JT: It is probably “Hoosiers.” It’s a great basketball movie.
TH: Who is your pick to win the Super Bowl this year?
JT: The Seattle Seahawks. They have the best defense in the league. They almost got there last year. I think the entire team is going to get better.
TH: Who was your idol as you grew up?
JT: Ray Allen. I remember when he got traded to the Seattle Sonics. He just came in and dominated right away.
TH: Where do you see yourself in five years?
JT: I see myself in college, working toward a degree.
TH: What is your dream vacation spot?
JT: It is probably California with my family. I love the beaches.
TH: What is your favorite hobby away from basketball?
JT: I like playing tennis. It is my second sport.
TH: What is your favorite eatery in Puyallup?
JT: Trackside Pizza. We used to go there after basketball games.
TH: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
JT: Michael Jordan.