Jordan Jacks, a 2017 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, has signed a professional contract to continue his basketball career, signing with Lahti Basketball in Finland. Lahti Basketball is a member of the Finnish 1A division, where Jacks will be the first American on the roster.
“Signing to play professionally has always been a dream of mine, and this still feels like a dream. I remember the day I signed to play at Kentucky Wesleyan to play for Happy like it was yesterday,” commented Jacks. “I truly am grateful that I made the decision to play in Owensboro. There was such a rich tradition at the Sportscenter that it became my second home. I’m thankful for all of the opportunities that Happy and Kentucky Wesleyan provided for me. If Happy hadn’t pushed me, I wouldn’t be here today. I’m excited for my new journey ahead.”
A two-year starter at Kentucky Wesleyan, Jacks helped lead the Panthers to back-to- back Great Midwest Athletic Conference titles, both in the regular season and postseason tournament. Jacks was a double-double machine during his senior season, posting 12 double-doubles on the season including seven in his last eight games as a Panther. Jacks also tabbed a triple double, the first in conference history, on Feb. 18 in a 100-63 victory over Ohio Valley.
“Jordan is one of the finest young men I have ever coached and works as hard as anyone. He is a tireless worker that meant so much to our program the past two years,” noted Head Coach Happy Osborne. “He deserves this opportunity and the most important thing of all is that he is a college graduate and when his playing career is over, he is ready to roll in the real world.”
During his final season, the Douglasville, Ga. native averaged 16.5 points per game in 31 games with a season-high 27 against Malone. Jacks grabbed 267 rebounds while dishing out 87 assists and boasting a field goal percentage of 61.4.
Prior to signing with Lahti, Jacks played in the Free Agency Pro Basketball Pro Scout League in Las Vegas, Nev. from July 9-13 and was named to the First-Team All-League.
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by Liz Wacienga