This time last year, the Morristown-Hamblen High School East basketball team was wondering whether it would get Connor Jordan back.
Jordan landed on his head while trying to make a play early in Morristown East's game against Seymour in the District 2-AAA tournament in February 2017.
"I woke up the next morning and I didn't realize where I was, or what had happened," Jordan said.
The Hurricanes had lost Jordan, then a sophomore, to a concussion for their final two games of the tournament.
"I envision the season ending in a different way," Morristown East basketball coach Ryan Collins said.
Jordan returned for the team's regional game against Daniel Boone, but it wasn't the same. The 'Canes lost, 74-69, and exited the postseason early.
In 2018, Jordan returned stronger than ever.
The junior, fueled by a dream of winning a state championship and earning a Division I scholarship, tallied his 1000th career point and has helped lead the Hurricanes to a 21-9 record.
"A lot of people look at us as underdogs in most games and we come out with a fire," Jordan said of his teammates. "We're really nitty gritty and that's what I like about this team the best."
Morristown East won its district tournament Saturday with a 58-52 win over Jefferson County. Jordan took home the District 2-AAA Player of the Year honors.
"He's out to prove himself, who works hard for everything he's earned, and I think that carries over to Morristown East as a team," Collins said.
The Hurricanes will host David Crockett at 7 p.m. Saturday to tip off regional play.
"A lot of people are looking at this team, and hopefully we can go out there and win it," Jordan said. "I'm excited to get out on the court and prove ourselves."