Hannah Jardine Is Off To The University of Delaware
Published by Michael Henry on November 5, 2012
Hannah Jardine (6’1″, F, O’Donel, 2013) of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland has made the announcement that she will be joining the University of Delaware Blue Hens of NCAA’s Colonial Athletic Association next Fall.
“I’m really excited about the decision. I really liked the University when I visited there and enjoyed spending time with the coaching staff and girls on the team. I feel that I will enjoy my time at Delaware and am very happy with my decision!”
Jardine is a very solidly sized Forward and hard worker that has been doing all that she can to perfect her craft. So, much so that she was able to turn many heads this past summer while playing on the AAU circuit in the States for the first time, playing with Canada Drive and Coach Rich Wesolowski. Primarily a Post player earlier on in her playing days, Jardine has hard worked very hard to transition herself into a smooth shooting Small Forward, that can be deadly from the 3-point line. She runs the floor very well and has a deep reservoir of strength to tap into when needed.
That assessment pretty much appears to be how she expects the Blue Hens, who have been ranked at number 10 in last week’s USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll, will look to add her into their plans.
“I feel that I can contribute to the team as a three player and sometimes stretch four who can provide perimeter shooting and pop out to attack the basketball and use screens.”
She also gets after it on the defensive end as well. Her footwork puts her in great positions to make stops on the ball and allows her to recover quickly should her check put a good move on her. In the summer of 2011 when we profiled her, she was playing in the FIBA Americas Championship. Her Cadette U16 National Coach Carly Clarke, spoke of her commitment to the defensive aspect of the game, even going as far as to commend Jardine as instrumental in shutting down a key Puerto Rican leading scorer in the Third Place game, helping her team secure the Bronze Medal.
Jardine’s potential was able to make an impression on several coaches despite her somewhat limited AAU exposure. She had “talked to several other American Division One schools, but the school I mostly considered besides Delaware, was James Madison. I went on an official visit there in October.”
Although playing in the NCAA was always a goal of hers, Jardine had considered Memorial University in St John’s as a front runner, if she did decide stay in Canada and play in the CIS.
Jardine will be looking to be a Mechanical Engineering major, and aspires to be a long standing member of the Canadian National basketball program. But for now, this O’Donel High School student body President will continue to refine her skills. She will also be looking to redeem last high school season’s loss in the Provincial Finals and being Coached by her father, Mike.