The men’s basketball program at UNBC added a shooter with Northern roots, committing Jackson Netzel this season.

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“I am stoked to play at the Canada West level and compete with the best teams and players in the nation. I want to see what type of impact I can have on the next level of the game.”

The six-foot-three Terrace product was one of the best shooters in British Columbia during the 2018-2019 season when he was a senior for Caledonia Secondary School.

“This has always been the goal throughout high school, to try to play basketball at the next level,” said Netzel. “It took a lot of early mornings, hard work, and dedication to be able to be given the opportunity to try out for the team. Definitely all worth it, though.”

The Terrace product was enrolled this year at UNBC, studying psychology.

Due to COVID 19, the Canada West basketball schedule has been pushed back to begin in January.

Netzel, who intends to pursue a career in physiotherapy, will join his teammates this fall.

“For me, basketball has always been an escape from real life. Everything can melt away when you get on the court. Nothing else matters except playing. That’s the best feeling I have ever felt in the world, and probably will ever feel. Just playing the game and doing what I love,” added Netzel.