Staying home: JHS standout Orr signs with Jimmie basketball team
McKayla Orr didn’t have to look very far to find a college team to play for.
Orr played on an AAU team coached by UJ head coach Greg Ulland last summer and that made the decision easier.
“I got to know (coach) Ulland over the past year and I got to know some of the girls,” said Orr, a three-sport standout. “And, I just wanted to be close to home and better myself in basketball.”
Orr, who averaged 14 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.4 assists per game this past season for the Blue Jays, was a main target of Ulland in the recruiting process.
“She’s very talented, very athletic. She plays extremely hard and she’s very competitive. She wants to win and be successful and those are the types of kids we want,” Ulland said. “One thing that really stood out was that when we were in some of those bigger tournaments in places like Chicago she competed and really held her own.
“She’s a really good get for us. She’s going to be a big asset to the program.”
The winning culture appealed to Orr.
“That was one of the big things, how good they are and how much success they’ve had,” Orr said. “I wanted to be a part of that.”
Choosing basketball was a tough decision for Orr, who also excels in volleyball and track and field.
“I love basketball a little more. I went with my heart,” she said.
It’s the second year in a row the Jimmies have signed a JHS star after adding Kyra Dewald last season.
“(McKayla) knows it’s going to be tough, but she’s the type of kid who is going to compete and not shy away from working hard,” Ulland said.
Signing top local talent also is important for Ulland and the Jimmies, who have won 27 games three straight seasons.
“We want to make sure we take care of our backyard and not let kids get out of here,” Ulland said. “We’re excited McKayla is going to be here the next four years and make an impact in our program.”
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