Sign, sealed and delivered

Jacksonville College's Jordan VanDeKop, right, pictured driving to the basket in a game against Lee College this past season, signed a National Letter of intent to attend Texas A&M International university in Laredo this week. VanDeKop is from Lindale.


Jordan VanDeKop became Jacksonville College's second men's basketball team member to sign a National Letter of Intent this month when he decided to continue his basketball activities at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) this week.

TAMIU is a member of the Heartland Conference (NCAA, Division II) and is located in Laredo.

The Dustdevils went 12-16, 7-13 Heartland, last season.

The signing was announced Thursday afternoon by JC head men's basketball coach, Jody Bailey.

VanDeKop (6'6”, 210 lbs.) played at JC for one season, after transferring in from Oklahoma Christian University.

He posted strong numbers last season when he averaged 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game — both of those figures were second best among all Jaguars.

VanDeKop, a native of Lindale, seemed to blossom late in the season where he averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 points in JC's two games in the Region XIV Championship Tournament.

In the Jags' final tournament game VanDeKop tossed in 14 points and came down with eight rebounds in JC's 80-72 loss to San Jacinto.

Bailey said while VanDeKop's time at JC was limited, he made the most of his opportunity.

“Jordan was only with us for one season, but he had a tremendous impact as a jaguar,” Bailey said. “Coaching Jordan was easy. He knows how to play the game, understands angles and he competes everyday.”

Bailey went on to say that VanDeKop is also an excellent student in the classroom and that he is nearing completion of his academic requirements in accounting.


NOTE: VanDeKop joins Johnny Hamilton (Virginia Tech) as Jags who have formalized plans to play next season at four-year institutions.



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