It was mission accomplished for former Chapel Hill High standout Jordan Jacks during his Las Vegas showcase tournament.
The 6-foot-5 former all-conference performer at Kentucky Wesleyan landed a professional basketball contract to play in Finland this upcoming season.
Jacks participated in the SBS Pro Basketball Invitational Workouts at Valley High School last week before returning home with a professional contract. He signed with Laht Basketball Club, which made it to the finals in Finland.
“It is very exciting because it has always been a goal to play professional basketball,” Jacks said. “I just got to keep working and take no days off like I’ve being doing. I have to continue to chase my dream.”
The season in Finland runs from September to March. During the SBS Pro Basketball Invitational, Jacks made the all-league team as he team won the championship three straight nights.
The tournament featured about 300 players looking to sign contracts to play over seasons. There were teams from Canada, Germany, Spain, and France at the four-day tournament.
He said teams from Germany and France were interested, but felt Final offered the best opportunity.
About five players have signed foreign contracts since the camp, according to Jacks.
“Everybody was there trying to showcase their talent,” he said. “I’m pretty happy with the results. It is definitely a blessing. Now the work really begins for me.”
Jacks posted an all-conference career during his two seasons at Kentucky Wesleyan, a Div. II school located in Owensboro.
Jacks averaged 16.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest this past season, which earned him first team all-conference honors in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. He also dished out 87 assists and was the first player in conference history to get a triple-double during a single game.
During the season, Jacks was also named the Small College Basketball Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List and led the conference with a shooting percentage of 61.5% from field goal range.
Jacks says his size and versatility are his two biggest assets as a player.
“I can play the one through three positions,” he said. “I’m confident in my ability on both ends of the court. I’m a hard worker and willing to learn.”
After graduating from Chapel Hill High in 2012 as the school’s all-time leading scorer, Jacks signed with Shorter University. He was an all-conference player at Shorter averaging nine rebounds and 16.1 points during the 2014-15 season. As a freshman, he averaged 16.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in 26 games.
After a coaching change at Shorter, Jacks transferred to Kentucky Wesleyan.