Nov. 12, 2013
As Jordan Frericks developed athletically through high school, it became clear she had a decision to make. The Quincy, Ill., native was a two-sport star, finding success on both the soccer field and the basketball court. Looking up to two sisters who played college soccer at Eastern Illinois University and a dad who played college basketball, Frericks was staring at a crossroads that would determine her future.
Regardless of her choice, one thing was certain: Frericks knew how to win. She is a four-time state champion, claiming a title in soccer and three titles on the basketball court. After two back-to-back 2A championships, Frericks' high school, Quincy Notre Dame, was forced to move up a class to face stiffer competition. The Raiders met the challenge head on, posting an undefeated 30-0 record on their way to a 3A state title. She finished her career as her high school's all-time leader in points, rebounds and steals.
Frericks says through all those experiences with high school sports, she found out she was simply more passionate about basketball than soccer.
"I just really like the physicality, aggressiveness and competitiveness of basketball," Frericks said. "My dad was also a big influence. He didn't push me one way or another, but I wanted to play because he did."
The decision to pursue basketball has paid off for Frericks. The 6-foot-1 forward chose Mizzou over several other offers, mainly because she felt that the coaching staff cares more about her as an individual rather than just an athlete.
It hasn't taken long for Frericks to adjust to playing at the next level. So far, she's earned a spot in the starting lineup, helping senior Bri Kulas anchor the paint down low. In two exhibition starts, Frericks has averaged 12.5 points and four rebounds in 49 total minutes of action.
"It was definitely a goal that I had for myself and I reached," Frericks said. "To me, it's not as important as other things in the game, but it was an awesome opportunity and feeling to be able to start."
Frericks wants to bring a defensive-minded approach to the team this season. She says she loves blocking shots, rebounding and getting up and down the court quickly. While winning is obviously a goal in the long run, Frericks takes to heart a message that head coach Robin Pingeton preaches to all of her players.
"I want this experience at Mizzou to be so much fun," Frericks said. "My team says the same thing, it's not all about winning. You gain friends here and do more than just win basketball games. That's really what's important and that's what I'm going to remember."
Frericks has a long and bright future ahead of her as a Tiger, but when it's all said and done, she will have yet another big decision to make. Except this time, choosing what path to take in life won't be as difficult. She says she knows she wants to be an architect some day.