April 30, 2013
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF women's basketball team has added guard Jordan Jackson and forward Yanique Gordon to the 2013-14 recruiting class, head coach Joi Williams announced Tuesday.
The pair join Bartow's Zykira Lewis and Fayette County (Ga.)'s Aneesa Watson as UCF's newest Knights and will compete for the Black and Gold when they embark on their inaugural campaign in the American Athletic Conference.
"I am really excited about Yanique and Jordan joining our UCF family. Both bring an element to the team that will help us tremendously next season," Williams said. "Yanique's ability to rebound and physical presence inside improves our depth in the post position. Jordan immediately brings size at the guard position and improves our backcourt with her decision making and her ability to push the ball."
Jackson, 5-foot-9, earned Santa Cruz All-League First Team honors as a senior point guard this year after leading St. Anthony High School (Long Beach, Calif.) to its first league championship since 1972.
As a freshman, she helped guide the most successful girls' squad in school history to a CIF Southern Section Division 4-A title and the state championship game. Her team also won the 4-AA CIF-SS title and advanced to the state regional semifinals her sophomore year. She was selected as a two-time MVP of the varsity softball team.
Gordon, a 6-foot-4 post, has spent the past two years at Tallahassee Community College after graduating from Green Island High School in her hometown of Hanover, Jamaica. She was named the MVP her senior year in 2008.
While at TCC, she was named honorable mention All-Panhandle Conference in 2012-13 after averaging 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16 games.
In addition to basketball, she was the goalkeeper for Jamaica's U-21 netball national team that earned bronze in the World Youth Netball Championships in the Cook Islands in August 2009.