OAKDALE, Minn -- The high school basketball star eyed the basket from the top of the key. His opponent in this game of "horse," a middle-age TV anchor/reporter, tried to take the young hot-shot out of his rhythm.
"Wait a minute!," hollered the TV guy. "If you're going to take that shot you're taking it from my back yard, that's where I live."
"OK," answered the baller. "Let's see, hopefully," as he put up the shot. A shot that found nothing but net and put TV guy one step closer to his inevitable defeat.
Tartan senior Jerrius Jabrun is used to handling pressure. As a three-year varsity player at Tartan, Jerry sees it every day in practice and of course during every game, and the expected captain wouldn't have it any other way.
Says Jerry, "I've always loved sports and it's come natural to me so, doing academics and sports was just whatever felt the most natural to me so, I just did that."
Ranked #1 in his graduating class of 413 students, Jerry has been on the "A" honor roll throughout his years at Tartan. He is an academic letter winner for the past three years, and received the outstanding student award in 2011. The President of the National Honor society, who will graduate high school with 50 college credits, Jerry's also managed to complete more than 400 volunteer hours.
"I've been blessed with a nice family and all these things around me," says Jerry. "So, I know I have to give back to receive what I want in the future."
And for Jerrius Jabrun, the future is bright indeed. Jerrius has many options when it comes to college, but he hopes to stay close to home.
As for competitive basketball, Jerry's made the decision to hang-up his sneakers to focus on becoming a pediatrician and he knows exactly how he'd like to be remembered at Tartan.
"As a guy who's gonna be the first one before practice, after practice, put the most effort of anyone, knows nothing is given to him on a silver platter," says Jerry. "That's all I can hope for and that I was always thankful for everything that I have."
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