2022’s Jaylen White shows steady leadership in the most crucial moments | Youth1

2022’s Jaylen White shows steady leadership in the most crucial moments

Jaylen White is one of the best players from the Fort Myers, FL area in the Class of 2022.  

 

The 6-foot, 164-pound White, who attends Southwest Florida Christian Academy, is a dynamic player that works as a point guard. 

 

 

White has earned plenty of recognition during his career, such as: 

 

  • 2015 CYO MVP
  • 2016 Mt. Airy Airmen MVP 
  • 2018 Let it Fly MVP
  • 2019 First Team All Tournament (Lemon Bay High School Shootout) 
  • 2020 high school honorable mention 
  • Selected for two all-star events

 

White is humbled by the accolades. 

 

“The recognition of those awards means a lot to me. To see that my hard work is paying off, means a lot. It takes more than just me to get recognized for the awards and events that I’ve been recognized for. So I would like to thank my teammates, my coaches, and my family,” White said. “It was a great experience to participate in those events. Great coaches, great players, and a great crowd. What stood out to me the most was the connection that the players got just in one game. I got to meet and play with players and coaches I’ve played against all year.”

 

No matter the opponent, every game White is determined to give it his all. 

 

White is going all out. 

 

The motor is always at full throttle whenever White steps between the lines.

 

“My mindset is to lead. I strive to be a great point guard. To be a great point guard, you need to know how to lead your team through every situation,” White said. “It’s easy to lead when things are going good, but the most important time is when things aren’t going so good.”

 

White has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the hardwood. White tells why he enjoys the game of basketball so much. 

 

“I just love playing the game of basketball. It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to continue the legacy that the legends laid down for us,” White said. “I just love to respect the game and put my all into it.”

 

White has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life. 

 

“Playing basketball has taught me that nothing is guaranteed. Basketball and life has a lot of things in common,” White said. “The main thing is you will need to continue to grow and become a better person.”

 

White shares his favorite memory from playing basketball. 

 

“My favorite memory of playing was in middle school. It was a packed gym with 12 seconds left and we were down two points. Coach calls a timeout and tells us ‘This is our time.’” White said. “As the team walked out the huddle my coach and I locked eyes and he said ‘It’s in your hands.’The ball is inbounded and I dribble down to my favorite spot on the court and drain the three to take the lead.”

 

White takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. White makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.

 

“I demonstrate being a great teammate by listening, leading my team, keeping a positive mindset, and always focusing on growing as a leader,” White said. “The best advice I’ve given my teammates is to ‘play every possession like it’s your last.’ No matter what happened in the last possession, just grow from it. Also, my favorite phrase that I tell my teammates is ‘next play.’”

 

White is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.

 

“I’ve learned that in order to get on the court, you have to be good off the court. Once you handle everything off the court, everything on the court becomes easier,” White said. “The best advice my coaches have given me was to always stay ready, trust your teammates, play hard, and never doubt yourself.”

 

White patterns his mentality after this collegiate standout. 

 

“The player in college that I look up to is Tre Jones. I look up to him because of how hard he works and how he puts everything on the line when he plays,” White said. “When I watch Duke play, I focus on him and his techniques. He is also a great scorer, but the most important thing to me is he is a leader and shows a lot of pride in his defense.”

 

White lists math as his favorite subject in school. 

 

“It allows me to work through different types of situations,” White said. 

 

White explains his collegiate aspirations. 

 

“My dream college is Duke University. I like Duke because I would love to continue the legacy that was left by greats that attended that university,” White said. “Also, to have the opportunity to play under Coach K, will be amazing. I know what he demands out of his players and it shows.”

 

White is striving for greatness in all that he does. 

 

“My goals on and off the court are to continue growing as a leader,” White said. “If I do that and continue putting the work in the gym and weight room, everything will fall into place.”

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