Hard work pays dividends for basketball alum (#GoNNUCrusaders)

Last Updated 27 February, 2015

For Jordan Nicholes, who finished his collegiate playing career in 2013 and graduated from NNU in May 2014, the road to a professional basketball career has been paved with hard work and determination.

That hard work is taking him to Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, where the former Division 2 Crusader will make his professional debut playing for the Westfalen Mustangs in the second-highest professional league in Germany.

“I feel like it’s been a long process to get to this point,” the Sultan High School grad said. “I feel excited; I feel like the hard work has paid off.” Hard work and the enthusiastic support of his family, Nicholes admits, have helped his dream of a professional basketball career become a reality.

“I feel excited; I feel like the hard work has paid off.”

“They definitely wanted this for me,” said Nicholes, who played two seasons for the Crusaders (2011-12 and 2012-13). He averaged 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 50 games at NNU, shot 34.1 percent from 3-point range, dished out 114 assists and made 46 steals.

Nicholes’ hard work continued this past summer, as he worked for NBC basketball camps in Alaska before heading to Germany for an eight-day tryout that paid off with a spot on Westfalen’s roster.

With his rookie year of pro ball beginning, don’t expect anything to change for Nicholes in terms of his work ethic. The NNU grad has more goals to achieve.

“My mindset is that I still have a ton of work to do because I want to get to that next level,” Nicholes said. “I set a goal to reach this mark and I’ve set more goals to reach a higher level.”