Shoot­ing for the top

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

PERTH Red­backs’ new­est US im­port has hit the court run­ning. Jour­dan DeMuynck says his pri­or­ity is to bring the basketball team to vic­tory.

THE Perth Red­backs new­est im­port is ready to hit the court run­ning with one clear goal for the sea­son: to win.

Cal­i­for­nia-born Jour­dan DeMuynck (25) joined the East Victoria Park-based team this year, bring­ing an im­pres­sive reper­toire of skills from his time as a pro­fes­sional col­lege player in the United States.

He started train­ing with the Red­backs a month ahead of the 2016 sea­son and said his pri­or­ity as a player was to win.

“My goal hon­estly is to win, first of all, then my per­sonal goals are to lead the league in steals and I want to be a leader on the floor,” he said.

“I want to try and lead my team across ev­ery cat­e­gory; I like to be in the ac­tion ev­ery sin­gle pos­ses­sion.”

Red­backs head coach Nik Lack­ovic said DeMuynck added a spe­cial tal­ent to the team.

“Jour­dan has had an ex­cep­tional col­lege ca­reer; he never seems to be in a hurry on the court, he cre­ates so much time and space for him­self and I think he’ll be a pro­lific scorer in this league,” he said.

“He likes the chal­lenge on the de­fen­sive end of the floor and is an ex­cel­lent leader, and he’s got great moral char­ac­ter as well.”

DeMuynck said his fam­ily was the driv­ing force be­hind his com­pet­i­tive play­ing style on the court.

“Be­ing the older child in a large fam­ily, I’m used to hav­ing peo­ple look up to me,” he said.

“My fam­ily drives me, drives my ag­gres­sive style of play and I don’t ac­cept fail­ure.”

Jour­dan DeMuynck.

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