Before club basketball was what it is now, making the provincial team in the summer was the
big goal for basketball players across B.C. I worked really hard in pursuit of this goal
and was rewarded when I made the provincial team as a U15, U16 and U17. By travelling with
these teams I got the exposure I needed to be recruited and play for two Canadian basketball
The Vancouver Years
As a U17 I was recruited by coach Eberhart to play for Capilano University. At Cap I played
against great players, received great coaching and took my game to a higher level. After 2
years at Cap and a BCCAA Provincial Championship I was recruited by Coach Hansen to play for
the UBC Thunderbirds. Playing with the T-Birds took me around the world: Our teams played
tournaments in the Philippines, games in Mexico and we had winter training camps in Hawaii.
Playing basketball in the CIS (now USportss), Canada’s highest level of basketball, gave me
opportunity to play with and against the nation’s best, night in and night out. We did a lot
of winning and I learned a ton.
My love for the game combined with my playing experience
lead me to make basketball my profession and I was hired as an Assistant Coach for the UBC Men's
basketball team. After two years under Coach Hanson at UBC I returned to Capilano University and
spent 3 years as the Head Coach of the Men's Basketball program.
The Return to Prince George
Although I spent 15 years in Vancouver, Prince George was always home. In 2015 I returned
with my wife Candace and our two boys, Emmett and Mason. After settling in it didn’t take
long for me to find my way back into Prince George Basketball. I quickly noticed a difference
in youth basketball's level-of-play here compared to Vancouver. There had been a proliferation
of club academies across the lower mainland and the players down there were getting better. A
Returning to Prince George and reflecting on the opportunities that basketball had
provided me helped me recognize that I could impact the game and the young basketball players of
Northern BC in a positive way.
And so, I founded Northern Bounce in 2017! In 2018 we made a big commitment
by investing in The PG Dome facility, helping with gymnasium renovations, buying regulation
basketball hoops and sports equipment and turning an old unused sporting court into an
amazing basketball training and competition floor. Having a facility that we can base our
program from is a huge benefit to our club and our players and makes the future for Northern
Bounce unique and exciting.
At Northern Bounce we focus on player development and we take basketball seriously. Now,
I’m not saying basketball shouldn’t be fun...After all, playing and coaching basketball is
the best kind of fun. But we treat the lessons and opportunities basketball provides as important
and we think its important kids are exposed to them. Its important there is a place where kids can
take basketball seriously and if they work really hard use the game to go to university,
see the world, find a career and really fill their life.
When I started bringing teams down
to southern BC and the Pacific North-Western USA I could tell from my player’s eyes they were intimidated.
Now we go down and win tournaments. Northern Bounce is developing the game for the North-Central
region and we're excited about the future!
We understand that
development occurs in different stages and strive to provide opportunities for our
players to play at the appropriate level and develop the
right cognitive and motor skills to further progress in their sport.
- Jordan Yu Founder and Director of Northern