Junior Heat basketball produces talent for Heat women
By Cary Mellon on April 14, 2015
KELOWNA, B.C. – Vernon Secondary’s Jordan Korol will suit up and play basketball for UBC just like her Dad Kevin did in 1987-88. For Jordan, however, she will be a member of the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s squad.
A 5’11” forward, Jordan will bring a strong inside presence to the Heat, a member of new coach Claire Meadows’ first recruiting class, the Panther averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in her senior year.
“I am thrilled to announce that Jordan has chosen to stay home and play at UBCO next year,” says Meadows. “Jordan is one of the top local talents coming out of the Okanagan and she is a great ambassador for the game.”
A former member of the provincial team, Jordan played most of her club basketball with the Junior Heat team beginning in her grade nine year. The positive experience of the Junior Heat program, familiarity with some of her future teammates and knowing that the coaches will push her to the best of her ability made the choice to stay home and play in the Okanagan an easy one.
“My first season with them [Junior Heat] was incredible,” says Korol. “I met so many great girls including Hannah Friesen and Emma Johnson,” both of whom have also committed to UBC Okanagan for next fall.
Bobby Mitchell, who will stay on as an assistant coach with Claire Meadows was also a factor in Korol’s decision to play Junior Heat and commit to UBC Okanagan. “I respected him as a coach and knew he would help improve my game to the best of his ability,” explains Jordan. “Having Bobby, Hannah and Emma involved in my university basketball is sure to be an awesome experience.”
“I believe that my strengths as a player are that I rebound aggressively both on offence and defence,” says Jordan who has been preparing for what’s to come.
Jordan trains a few mornings a week before school with one of her coaches from Vernon Secondary, Warren Cullum. Proclaiming that university basketball can be very intimidating, the workaholic forward continues to work on her fundamentals, adding that she “loves the physical part of basketball, so I think I’ll be able to have some good battles down in the post.”
“I run the floor well and post up strong down on the block,” she went on. “Next season I will bring both a positive attitude and good work ethic to the team, and I am looking forward to improving my skills with Coach Meadows.”
Jordan’s new coach Clarie Meadows agrees with the self-assessment and is positive that the Vernon forward will be a quality addition to her program, Meadows describes Korol as a student athlete who “has an incredible work ethic; she is extremely tough to play against and is very respectful of her opponents. Jordan’s style of play will fit in well with the Heat program as she is able to run the floor extremely well for her size and she brings great strength with a soft touch inside.”
Korol starred for the Panthers for the past few years and the ruthless rebounder gathered quite a basketball resume playing senior basketball since she was in grade 10. Jordan won numerous game MVP’s and tournament All-Stars and for all three years of senior ball was a North Okanagan All-star, the last two years as an Okanagan Valley All-Star.
With her U15 BC team she finished with a bronze at the national championships and this past year she was awarded the prestigious Tessa Beauchamp Scholarship.
Thinking about a career in health management Jordan thinks that “UBCO is the perfect place to start. I have heard amazing things about the university and I am proud to be a student-athlete at such a respected school.”
Jordan’s mother was also a CIS student athlete, playing basketball at the University of Regina, and both parents were “a big inspiration” to Jordan and supported her “throughout my high school and club career,” says the multi-talented recruit.
“I really enjoy volleyball, both beach and indoor,” says Korol. Jordan played a few years for the Vernon Volleyball Club, and she believes “that volleyball has helped my basketball game in many ways.”
Three recruits to the Heat women’s basketball team have come directly from the Junior Heat club program as Claire Meadows was able to keep Korol and also Emma Johnson (F, Immaculata) and Hannah Friesen (F, Kelowna Sec.).
The upcoming schedule for Canada West will be released in June of 2015, check goheat.ca for updates.