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Diver making shots for Fond du Lac
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CLOQUET -- During the Fond du Lac Ojibwe boys basketball practice Monday evening, Jordan Diver stepped outside the gymnasium and took a break from scoring.

The sophomore scoring machine already has 79 points in two games as the lethal left-hander has headed the Ogichidaa to a pair of victories over Wrenshall last Monday and Minnesota Transitions School on Saturday.

Diver, a skillful 5-foot-10, 140-pound guard known for his quick-release shot, said Monday that he's played basketball "since I could walk," but, since the season began, has only been running scorekeepers silly with his numbers.

After his game-leading 31 points in a 100-72 win at Wrenshall last week, Diver docked up 48 more in the Ogichidaa's 96-62 mauling of visiting MTS last weekend.

He has 14 three-pointers, 10 on Saturday afternoon alone.

"I just like to score," said Diver Monday, adding "basketball is everything," about his favorite and only sport.

Sporting a different uniform this winter than last, Diver decided to transfer from Cloquet to the much-smaller FDL because, he said Monday, he wanted additional playing time.

Diver, who still attends Cloquet High School as a student and lives on the reservation, transferred along with good friends and teammates Cameron Thompson, Antonio Flores, Dexter Deville and Kenny Henagin, he said.

Sophomore Bruce Martineau, a varsity member since seventh grade, said he and Diver have been close since the sixth grade and said it's now nice to have him alongside on the basketball court.

"He's a fantastic player -- he's been a real good asset," he said. "He has been a big help."

"He fits in really well," added lone senior Trevontae Brown, the team's leading scorer from a season ago. "We run-and-gun non-stop, basically, and he helps us spread the floor."

Third-year Coach Earl Otis said his Ogichidaa (2-0) can cover the floor in a variety of full-court traps, while their fast-paced -- playground-like -- offensive transition is custom.

Among a string of shooters and blazing-fast ball-handlers is Davonte Williamson, a junior, with a 30-inch-plus vertical, who sent in several windmill slams Monday.

"Pick your poison," added Otis of his well-balanced unit of energetic boys. "They all know how to play basketball."

Notably Diver, who nearly hit the half-a-hundred mark Saturday.

"I was just hot -- everything was going in," said the ultra-comfortable and optimistic Diver. "Hopefully I'll get more of those games. I love playing here with these guys."