Jordan Heading definitely impressed in his first pro season.
During his one-year stint with Taichung Wagor in Taiwan’s T1, the 6-foot-2 sniper formed a 1-2 punch with Palestinian Sani Sakakini, lifting the Suns to the Finals.
Heading averaged 19.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per contest.
In the off-season, Heading parted ways with Taichung, signing with Japan B.League club Nagasaki.
And he knows that the competition will be tougher in the Land of the Rising Sun.
“Taiwan has some good basketball players as well, but the level in the B.League is a step up for sure.
“In my time with the Velca, in training, I can say that the competition is very high, we’ve got some really good players, and I’m sure the competition is gonna be strong as well,” he said during his introductory press conference.
What Heading gained though is confidence.
Taichung was not actually his first foray into the pro ranks as back in 2019, he played for San Miguel Alab in the ASEAN Basketball League. However, it was only in Taichung that he was able to break out of his shell.
“I think it will help a lot. Every year of professional basketball under your belt can never do you wrong,” he said.
“Just the extra reps under my belt as well as being able to be in a leadership position in my time in Taiwan will help me a lot.”
Nagasaki has high hopes for Heading. Moreover, the Velca also have a lot of pressure going into the season.
It was just this year when Nagasaki was promoted to Division II. The goal this time around is to get to B1.
And Heading knows that there will be a chip on his shoulder to lead Nagasaki there.
“My goal is to just fit in the team and do whatever I can to make the team succeed and to help in whatever way I can to win the B2 championship,” Heading said.
“I think my biggest strength and asset would be my shooting ability.”