Local senior basketball player Jaylon Wooten made the All-Region Team for his efforts during the 2019-2020 season.
“We heard the news last Thursday,” Jaylon’s mother, Trista Gibson, said. “It’s the first time he’s made the all-district team during his high school playing time.”
Wooten had played for Riverdale High School prior to transferring to Coffee County Central High School. At Riverdale Wooten had played against some of the best players the state has to offer, and that experience had helped him when he transferred to Coffee.
“I play small forward, shooting guard, and point guard,” Wooten said. “I’ve played about every position throughout the years.”
One of his favorite things about basketball is winning.
“But I also love hearing the home crowds and being a role model for younger kids.”
Wooten averaged 15 points per game with 4 assists and 7 rebounds, reminiscent of the player he models his play after, Stephen Currey of the Golden State Warriors.
The team last year showed a lot of character. The team was present during the Lady Raiders home tournament game against Blackmon and they loudly showed their support for the team, so much so that the officials had to caution them to calm down a bit. The team also played as hard as they could against any opponent regardless of the score. The team would dive after loose balls at the beginning of the game and the end while also fighting for every rebound.
“Intensity is something that coach stresses all the time. It doesn’t matter if its practice or a game we’re going to give it our all as a unit. We would be so mad after a game if we lost and it left a bad taste in our mouths,” Wooten said.
This competitive spirit was amplified leading into big games.
“We could feel the hype leading up to playing Tullahoma. We wanted to beat them so bad it was crazy. We ended up beating them on a near buzzer beater at Tullahoma that was great. They did return the favor and beat us at home, but that rivalry was great,” Wooten said.
Wooten’s favorite game was against Warren county.
“The team had just come back from winter break and a lot of starters were out that game,” Wooten said. “I think we were down five guys, and Warren was really good they ended up winning their district this year. We kept battling despite being shorthanded and ended up winning! It was great just talking about it makes me want to watch sports again.”
With the season over Wooten had been going to different colleges to tour the campuses and to decide where he wants to go. He received offers from Cleveland State University, Illinois University, and Walter State.
“The team is going to be in good hands when I graduate though,” Wooten said. “CJ Anthony is a junior and got an honorable mention for all district and Jaxson Vaughn is going to be a monster when he becomes leader.”
With the remainder of the school year in question Wooten had this to say to his teammates and the city of Manchester. “It’s been an honor to play with you guys and for the town.”