(East Los Angeles, CA) February 15, 2022 [From The Editor’s Desk]: We start our story with a “snapshot” look of newly signed, Jordin Canada, the former UCLA Bruin whose career resumé is so vast that we had to include some of her major collegiate accomplishments. Here they are: 4 x All-PAC 12, an NCAA All-American Second Team, a Third Team, and an Honorable Mention selection, plus the 2014-15 Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) MVP. In just briefly highlighting her high school career, she led Windward High School to a State Championship in 2011 and a return trip in 2012 after going (32-1) for the season. In 2013 she was named the Los Angeles Times All-Area MVP. In 2014 she was selected to play in the McDonalds’s All-American game. And lastly, Canada played her Club basketball for the Cal Sparks and won the FILA National Championships in 2011 and 2012. And this is just a “snapshot” of her accomplishments.
And now after four years of being away from home, the seasoned, highly-talented, and veteran WNBA point guard remarkably and gratefully comes back home to play for the Los Angeles Sparks in just her 5th season of WNBA play. Let’s take a good read at what the Sparks press announcement says about this successful and huge off-season transaction.
(LOS ANGELES) – On February 8th, the Los Angeles Sparks announced the signing of Jordin Canada. The 26-year-old point guard is from Los Angeles where she starred in high school at the Windward School before attending UCLA.
Canada was drafted No. 5 overall by the Seattle Storm in the 2018 draft. In four seasons she won two WNBA championships and averaged (7.2) points, (4.1) assists, (2.1) rebounds and (1.3) steals a game. Her professional accolades include being the WNBA steals leader in 2019 (2.3 per game) and making the WNBA All-Defensive First Team that year.
“Jordin Canada brings championship pedigree and leadership to our group,” General Manager/Head Coach Derek Fisher said. “Her ability to probe defenses with her quickness and play pressure defense fits our identity. In addition, she has invaluable experience running high-level offenses throughout her career. Jordin was an important part of our offseason plan and we’re excited to welcome her home to Los Angeles.”
Canada was a member of the Storm’s 2018 and 2020 championship teams. She served as a back-up point guard to future “Hall-of-Famer,” Sue Bird, while also starting (45) games over (112) regular season appearances. Over four seasons, Canada has played in (17) playoff games, averaging (7.8) points and (2.3) assists per game while shooting (46.2%) from the field.
“I’m extremely blessed to be back in my city and to play for my hometown,” Canada said. “It has always been a dream of mine to be a part of this championship organization. I can’t wait to get to training camp and get to work with my teammates.”
Prior to the WNBA, Canada led the UCLA women’s basketball program to new heights, winning the WNIT championship and reaching two Sweet Sixteen’s and an Elite Eight during her tenure. She left the program as the “All-Time” assists leader in both school and PAC-12 history. ###
Time is going by faster than we all think, so make your plans to come out and support our Home-town favorite player and our Sparks. Get your tickets now! And, Bienvenidos Jordin!!