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Jordin Canada commits to UCLA

March 25, 2013 - 7:09am
5-7 junior point guard Jordin Canada of Windward, committed to UCLA (Photo by Kelly Kline)

5-7 junior point guard Jordin Canada of Windward, committed to UCLA (Photo by Kelly Kline)

Just 24 hours after leading No. 2 Windward to a 32-1 record and an appearance in the Califorinia Open Division State Championship, junior point guard Jordin Canada has committed to UCLA.  The No. 3-ranked player in the 2014 Full Court Fresh 50 made an unofficial visit to the Bruins on Wednesday and after talking it over with her parents, called head coach Cori Close Sunday afternoon and made the verbal commitment.

"I wanted to be part of the legacy with the team she (UCLA head coach Cori Close) is building," Canada told Full Court in a telephone interview just hours after her decision. "I just fell in love with the program and the campus. It's a good decision for my career: I want to be a neonatal nurse, and they have a great nursing program."

In January, Canada narrowed the list of schools she was considering to USC, Tennessee, Cal, Stanford and UConn, but after her visit to UCLA's Westwood campus this past week, the Southern California native decided there's no place like home.

"I was going to take a look at UConn, but I realized that I wanted to stay close to home where my friends and family can support me."

Close has now picked up two of the best guards in the 2014 class -- Recee Caldwell, ranked No. 12 in the 2014 Full Court Fresh 50, committed to the Bruins back in January.  Canada and Caldwell are close friends, and Caldwell was the first person Canada called after she made the commitment.

"She was excited and very happy for me," said Canada about sharing the news with her BFF and future Bruins teammate.  "She played a part in in my decision and playing with Recee is definately a bonus."