Jordan Heath signs pro contract to play in Belgium

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Former Canisius men’s basketball player Jordan Heath has signed a professional contract to play for Willebroek in the Belgium-Ethias League. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound center is the third member of the Golden Griffins’ 2014 senior class to sign a pro contract, joining with former teammates Billy Baron, who will play for BC Lietuvos in Lithuania and Chris Perez, who plays for Leones de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

Heath played 65 games for Canisius in two seasons after transferring from Roberts Wesleyan College after the 2010-11 academic year. In his two seasons as a Griff, he averaged 9.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from 3-point range. The Rochester, N.Y., native ranked third on the Canisius roster with his 10.5 points per game in 2013-14 and his 5.5 rebounds per contest ranked second on the team and 16th in the MAAC. He scored in double figures 18 times in his senior year, highlighted by his career-high 28-point effort in a win over Saint Peter’s Dec. 6, at home. He also pulled down a career-high 12 boards in Canisius’ 85-83 win over Iona on the road Jan. 17.

Heath closed out the 2013-14 season ranked third in the MAAC and 55th in the nation with his 2.1 blocks per game. He had at least one blocked shot in 30 of the team’s 34 contests last season and his 72 blocks last year ranks fourth-best on the school’s single-season chart. He set the school’s single-game blocked shot record Jan. 10, at home when he recorded nine blocks in the Griffs’ 94-91 double-overtime win over Rider. He also ranked fourth in the MAAC after he shot 53.4 percent from the field and he ranked third on the team with his 35 steals.

Earlier this summer, Heath played for the Detroit Pistons in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League. He played in one game for Detroit, where he was good for six points, three rebounds and a blocked shot in the Pistons’ 96-87 loss to the Orlando Magic. Prior to joining the Canisius program, Heath helped lead Roberts Wesleyan to the 2010-11 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Final Four. He was named to the NCCAA All-Tournament Team and he ended the 2010-11 season with Roberts Wesleyan averaging 14.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.

Heath helped lead the Griffs to a 21-13 overall mark and a 14-6 record in MAAC games in 2013-14, a season which came to an end in the first round of the CIT, the program’s second-straight national postseason appearance. In his two years in a Canisius uniform, the Blue and Gold won a total of 41 games, the second most victories for a MAAC school in that time period, and those 41 wins stands as the program’s best two-year stretch since 1993-95.

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