UNC Bound Jordan Tabakman is Receiving Big Time Looks
Tabakman_600x300It was a cold day in the beginning of April when Jordan Tabakman took the mound.  One of those days that pitchers where jackets on the base paths and struggle to keep their arms warm throughout the long innings waiting on the bench to again take the hill.  Directly behind the backstop are three grown men, one donning a Yankees hat.  These are not emphatic fathers cheering on their sons.  These are major league scouts.  
Even on the overcast afternoon, the Yankees World Championship ring sparkles so brightly on one mans hand that you can see it from the mound where Tabakman is throwing his warm up pitches.  It is something that happens to many student athletes in the tri- state area, and Tabakman knows about the pressures of performing while under the microscope.  These scouts are looking at everything from timing to the plate, to pick-off moves, to the ever important radar gun.  For most high school seniors this would provide a daunting situation, however Tabakman “feels comfortable” with these professional onlookers.
“A few of them were my coaches in the summer, so I’m comfortable when they are around.  It’s still in the back of my mind because I want to do my best,” he said about performing for the scouts.  It seems that pressure is a thing Tabakman has learned to deal with and channel into strength on the mound.  
It is well known in the world of high school baseball that college opportunities are formed in your junior season. In that pivotal year, Tabakman pitched spectacularly and was contacted by many Division I prospects including Virginia, NC State, and University of North Carolina.  While most high school seniors are just now deciding where to spend the next four years of their college career, Tabakman made that decision a long time ago.  
Tabakman will be a Tar Heel next year, a place that reached out to him after seeing him throw several times.  According to Tabakman, at showcase events, “A lot of schools see your name and just send you letters.”  But, UNC offered a little bit more.  
“I really like the atmosphere [of UNC], and the coaches,” Tabakman said.  He enjoys the prospect of being a part of one of the best athletic programs in the country.  Tabakman was a star on this year’s very successful Pequannock basketball squad, and he had no doubt he wanted to one day play basketball or baseball at the next level.  Jordan Tabakman doesn’t only throw fire, he can do it all.
As of the end of April he is hitting a staggering .500 and has 17 RBI’s,   leading his team in both categories.  His team has won 9 straight games behind his 2.74 ERA.  He is a top candidate to be North Jersey’s player of the year, and with stats like those it is hard to argue against him.

While many young stars heading to large schools have an equally large ego, Tabakman carries himself well on and off the field.  In an early start against Madison, Tabakman got roughed up a little on a cold, unforgiving day, but he has gotten stronger as the year has progressed.  In his latest start against Morris Catholic, Tabakman went the distance, not allowing a hit after the fourth inning.  Most importantly, the team is first in Tabakman’s mind.  His biggest individual goal for the season is simply “Going out and doing the best I can for my team.”
Right now he is helping his team to their goals of a Morris County Championship, and their other goal; “Obviously we want to repeat our state title.”  With Tabakman’s live arm these are surely attainable goals.  He expressed that he likes the idea that every team he faces is gunning for him, “I just enjoy having the ball in my hands.”  He throws a fastball in the mid-80’s, but his work with off speed pitches is masterful.  Keeping hitters guessing is a pitchers biggest advantage, and Tabakman capitalizes on that angle .  
It is refreshing to talk to a young player that does not have an overwhelming self-image, and just wants his team to win.  Tabakman makes his team better every time he steps over the lines onto the diamond.  His pitching ability has gotten better as the year has gone on, and he is now in top form.  With the state and county playoffs looming, the biggest test is yet to come.  Tabakman is focused on their goals, and will do anything he can to make it a reality.  There are huge possibilities ahead for this young star, and maybe even potential professional ability.  Whatever happens the rest of this season, the ACC should watch out because the University of North Carolina has gained a tremendous talent. UNCJordanTabakman-1UNCJordanTabakman-2UNCJordanTabakman-3UNCJordanTabakman-4UNCJordanTabakman-5
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