BURNLEY Basketball Club’s Jordan Green helped the North West squad win the England Basketball Regional Under 17 Development Tournament at the weekend at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena.
The North West won the tournament, beating London 59-48 in the final, and while the local player was not part of the starting five, his contribution was notable.
And the coaches at Burnley are proud of this achievement.
Colum Cronin, head coach for the junior programme, said: “We are delighted for Jordan and his family, Jordan has demonstrated in recent years committment and eagerness to become a better player, matched with determination and physical ability.
“He is a very talented young athlete. We have been coaching Jordan at Burnley for the last few years, and, thanks to the many hours that Burnley Basketball Club is able to provide to all players, he has developed to reach this selection.”
Jordan started playing at West Craven Turbines before deciding to join Burnley Basketball Club.
In recent years he has participating in the Area Performance Centre programme, and last season was been the star player for Burnley’s Under 16 National League team in the North Conference, receiving lots of offers to join basketball academies throughout the North West.
Last season, at the age of 15, he also played with the seniors in the Manchester League Premier.
During the summer he trialed for Manchester Magics Under 18 Premier team and made the cut despite a lot of competition.
He has now enrolled in Loreto College, where he will be playing basketball while studying.
Jordan, in the last year or so has been training every day in an outdoor court near his home, at 6 a.m., to shoot for about an hour.
His Under 16 coach Giulio Minozzi added: “Jordan is an excellent player, intelligent, very committed and most of all he has the talent to learn quickly what it is required to go to the next level.
“His family has been fantastic, there are committed to give him the best chance and they are supporting him in his love for basketball, keeping his feet on the ground and making sure that he will have good grades at the and of his college years.
“Being selected by Manchester Magics and now for the Under 17 North West squad make me immensely proud and gives Burnley Basketball Club recognition for all the hard work that we put in every week of the year.”
Meanwhile, Burnley’s Under 16 National League adventure started on Saturday at home against East Manchester Rebels.
The locals looked a little bit nervous at the start and after four minutes were trailing 9-2, which became 25-9 at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter saw Burnley finally firing ion all cylinders, applying a zone press and rattling the Rebels.
Tom Fairbairn was in fine form in offense and defence, racking up some good points, and at halfway, Rebels were ahead 38-28.
The third quarter saw Elliott Morton and Tom Fairnbair in foul trouble and coach Minozzi had to rest them on the bench.
Manchester Rebels didn’t stop attacking Burnley, and by the end of the third quarter, they were ahead by a big margin, 67-45.
Coach Minozzi decided to use more players from the bench while Morton and Fairbairn got fouled out, leaving the team to struggle along.
The end result saw Rebels winning 89-61, despite a very good performance from the locals.