Colac basketballer’s new college venture

Colac college basketball export Jordan Lingard will return to California next week for his third season in America. Lingard has moved to Los Angeles' Whittier College and will play in the prestigious NCAA league.

Colac college basketball export Jordan Lingard will return to California next week for his third season in America. Lingard has moved to Los Angeles’ Whittier College and will play in the prestigious NCAA league.

Colac basketball export Jordan Lingard says he is taking an exciting “step up” in his American college basketball career after signing with a new college.

Lingard, who has been home in Colac since June, is set to realise his dream of playing in the Northern Collegiate Athletic Association with Los Angeles-based Whittier College.

The NCAA is America’s most well-known college basketball competition and Whitter’s team, the Poets, plays in the competition’s third division, the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Lingard’s move comes after he spent two years with another Californian college, Menlo College, which plays in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics basketball competition.

He said he moved to Whittier after “filling out a lot of forms and applications” and felt his individual game style and skills would be a good fit for the team.

“The game style that Whittier plays fits in really well, so that kind of influenced my change a little bit,” Lingard said.

“The coach called me first and he was super on board with me coming to join them, they really wanted me there which was nice.

“It’s tough, obviously I had a pretty strong family there at Menlo, but it’s a really good opportunity to broaden myself and broaden my experiences.”

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