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Jessey Voorn, the rising Dutch talent

November 17, 2011

By Maurits Pieper

Jessey “Anthony” Voorn is a 21 year old Dutch professional basketball player who is currently registered as a free agent for the 2011/2012 season. Voorn plays both the point and shooting guard position. Playing for a high school in Georgia, USA as well as the professional basketball club in Amsterdam, Voorn is recognized as one of the most talented Dutch basketball guards the league has seen in quite some time.
Voorn was born on March 17, 1990 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Completing a year of high school in the United States, he eventually finished with an International Baccalaureate Diploma at the Amsterdam International Community School. Voorn was deemed it important to finish high school education before seriously pursuing his childhood dream. At the age of 10, Voorn began to dream about the life of a professional basketball player, but it was not until he reached the age of 15 that he took the game he loved so much from a hobby, to a potential career choice. As a young Dutch prospect, Voorn was inspired by the works of both basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, and Laker superstar Kobe Bryant. It however was not only the individual players who drove Voorn’s motivation, “When I watch NBA games, the atmosphere is phenomenal. It made me work hard as a young rising player to do the best I possibly could.”
Voorn has recorded a long and prestigious basketball resume considering his young age. He was raised in the basketball system of Amsterdam, playing and representing a team that has 7 national championships and 5 cup championships in its trophy closet. The Dutch shooting guard put up significant statistics and shooting percentages on route to many national championships from the youth teams such as Under-16, U-18, U-20, 2nd Division and the Eredivisie (1st division). In the 2010/2011 Eredivisie season, Voorn led his team with a staggering 13.7 points per game, ranked 10th overall in scoring and was selected to the Dutch Allstar Gala where the best players showcased their talents to the Dutch basketball fans. Impressing multiple coaches and scouts over the years of his career gave Voorn the ability to prove his talents on an international level. Voorn was part of the U-16, U-18, U-20 and senior roster for the Dutch national team. The Dutch basketball market is considered small in comparison to other European countries such as Spain, Greece, and Italy. The Dutch national teams compete in the Division B group for the European Championships; however, an important change was triggered in the summer of 2010, when Voorn achieved one of the biggest accomplishments of his career. “The 2010 European Championships in the Division B, where the small country of the Netherlands surprised all of Europe.” is how Voorn addressed his greatest basketball accomplishment. Voorn led his fellow Dutch team mates with 13.6 points per game and a promotion to the Division A group. Recently due to economic instability and sponsorship problems, two of the ten Dutch league teams filed bankruptcy for the 2011/2012 season. One of these teams happened to be the popular Amsterdam club and Voorn’s home town team. Currently a free agent, Voorn considers finding “a stable and secure organization where I can focus on basketball and nothing else”, one of his most important aims.
Pursuing the life of a professional athlete has its advantages and disadvantages, Voorn was very aware of the life style he had chosen. He is also aware of the risks that come along with being a young popular professional basketball player. With a tone of confidence, Voorn explained how “there are a lot of risky things, a lot of distractions around you all the time, such as partying and people who might use you for things which might have a bad influence.” Distractions, partying, and bad influences are only a part of the piece when it comes to risk taking. One of the greatest fears for every professional athlete is injures, from both minor ones to career-changing injuries. Due to Voorn’s history of irritating knee problems and painful shin splints, has been very considerate in setting his priorities straight and “only focusing on getting healthy, back in shape and being patient.” With an educational degree and a high basketball intelligence, Voorn plans to “go into the coaching jobs or real estate market” once his basketball career has ended.
Inspiration and roles models can play a large role in the lives of growing athletes. With no siblings, Voorn primarily looked up to his father, an ex-professional boxer, when it came to motivation and insight for basketball. With a grin on his face, Voorn without any hesitation explained “how he raised me as a champion, taught me how to win and to maintain focus to achieve my goal.” To him, this was the best advice he was ever given as both a basketball player and son. Often, professional athletes can have an imbalance in their lives when it comes to social life, education, relationships and their sports. Voorn however does not drink, excels in his profession, cares greatly for his relationships, and in general, is a guy that most people would enjoy spending some time with.

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