TORRINGTON – Jordan Malm is coming home.
The Torrington High School graduate just completed his redshirt freshman season for Casper College, but announced Wednesday, May 20, he is going to return to Torrington to continue his college basketball career for the Eastern Wyoming College Lancers and third-year coach Tim Moser.
Malm was a part of a Casper team who finished the 2019-20 season with a 25-6 record in the second round of the Region IX Tournament, while searching for their second straight trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
It was an experience Malm wouldn’t trade.
“Redshirting on a nationally-ranked team and being a part of something like that is something I will never forget,” Malm said. “They pushed every day in practice – players, coaches, and the entire staff – and the culture was amazing. There was not one guy on the team from last year that I won’t keep in contact with for some time. It made me a better individual and player.”
When Malm returned to Torrington for spring break prior to everything being shut down because of COVID-19, he spent some time in the EWC gym just wanting to get some work in. When he decided to leave Casper and reopen his options for the future, the Lancers jumped at the opportunity to snatch up the former Trailblazer.
“As soon as EWC found out about that, they were pretty intent on wanting me to come here. That’s all I ever wanted, to have someone show the same interest that I had in them,” Malm said.
It worked out perfectly for both Malm and the Lancers.
“As soon as it came about, I knew exactly that’s what I wanted to do,” Malm said. “I’m excited to get back playing in front of people who have watched me grow since I was in grade school.”
Malm grew up watching the Lancer program and knows the program is on an upward swing after several down seasons.
“I have really enjoyed what coach Moser has done with the program,” Malm said. “He’s really turning it around. This next year, we are going to be new since they graduate eight guys, but I think the foundation for another successful season is in the works.”
Now as the summer rolls in, Malm is taking every advantage to continue to improve and get ahead despite not being able to utilize the local gyms.
“I’ve been doing a lot of outdoor work, going on outdoor runs and lifting weights outdoors. It makes you appreciate what you do have when don’t have it,” Malm said. “I’ve always been that guy that says when you’re not working, someone else is. I’ve taken this whole virus thing as a chance to get a head of the field.”