Jason Van Beek was born in Chino, California, and played in his first NWBT at the age of 10 with the Casa Colina Condors in 1982. Since then, Van Beek has won nine NWBT championships and four NIWBT Championships with the University of Texas at Arlington from 1990-1994. In his four years at UTA, Van Beek only lost one intercollegiate game.
At 6' 5" tall with long strong arms, Van Beek played the small forward, power forward and center positions with fierce determination, focus and excellence. He was the ultimate team player who was able to dominate when necessary. Van Beek played with some of the NWBA’s best teams and he was a major part of their success. He was a center that could shoot well when he posted up, a good foul shooter, had range from as far as the foul line and was very knowledgeable about moving without the ball. On defense, he was the rim protector and would utilize the principal of zone defense away from the ball and grab every rebound on a missed shot.