A player that local high school basketball fans will most likely remember — Jordan VanDeKop of Lindale — could turn into a hoops player that Jacksonville College Jaguar fans will not soon forget
VanDeKop a three-time Class 4A all-state player and a four-time all-district team member at Lindale High School, has done the official paperwork to transfer from Oklahoma Christian University (NCAA, Division II) to JC, according to Jaguar head men's basketball coach, Jody Bailey.
“I heard that Jordan had not planned to return to Oklahoma Christian, so (JC assistant men's basketball coach) Ryan Glenney and I met him for lunch and when lunch was over, Jordan told us that he would like to transfer to Jacksonville College and we could not be happier.”
Bailey and VanDeKop were no strangers to each other as the Jags recruited VanDeKop, a 6-foot-6 forward, hard as a high school senior.
“We wanted Jordan to come here right out of high school,” Bailey explained. “But he had other options, a lot of options with his outstanding grades, actually, and we understood why he went a different route.”
Playing for a 10-17 OCU Eagle squad last season, VanDeKop scored 11.2 points and hauled down 5.2 rebounds a night, which was a team high.
He also had 46 assists and 23 steals and average a hearty 31 minutes a game.
VanDeKop red shirted his first season at OCU.
“I think Jordan wanted a change and wanted to get back closer to home,” Bailey said. “With his skill set and what he accomplished at Oklahoma Christian last season, I envision him to be someone that can help us to be a better basketball team right away.”