Opportunities change based on where you are in the world, even driving a couple of hours away from home can open your eyes to other ways people live everyday life. Drive about eight hours north from Vancouver and you will have reached Prince George. It’s a small town with perhaps less opportunities according to some but Jordan Yu is changing that.
Yu is the founder of Northern Bounce Basketball Academy, an academy that focuses on high-intensity, competitive and exciting basketball. It gives boys in Prince George the chance to play basketball throughout the year, compete and take their skills to the next level.
I spoke with the man at the forefront of it all in Jordan Yu. Him and his team of coaches at Northern Bounce run various training programs at different levels from fundamentals to high level playing, there is even a '3v3' development league because games are the perfect way to practice all those skills. Northern Bounce has various teams that compete with other teams around BC, Alberta and the West Coast of the United States.
And those club teams will be competing at this years Bballnationals Boys Tournament starting August 2nd. Northern Bounce has multiple teams competing at different levels and there are boys with exceptional skills on every team to keep your eye out for. Jordan talked about his teams with pride, mentioning that even though they don’t play with the rest of the province during the regular season, they practice and develop their skills enough to compete with them during club games.
There are players to watch throughout every level that Jordan talked highly of, but his U17 team is full of superstars. They will be playing in the U18 division for Bballnationals. They come with height, with post Saagar Shergill standing at 6’6 and Caleb Lyons at 6’4, both skilled in various aspects of the game. With one of the leading scorers in the province Kam Sale and a speedy point guard Jack Kuc, they could have a championship in their future.
Along with running the basketball side of things at Northern Bounce, Jordan also takes care of transportation, accommodation, supervising and all of the little details that must be taken care of when traveling with multiple teams. It’s a big commitment to make and I’m sure it’s very appreciated by all of the players throughout the academy.
There’s roughly 140 boys that play for Northern Bounce. Thus the growth is constant and Jordan takes pride in creating somewhere kids can come take basketball seriously, have a blast playing and also bettering themselves.
The boys will be competing August 2nd to 5th and BC Sports Hub will have exclusive coverage of the entire tournament.
Written by: Amara Hundal