BL Spotlight

Andrews’ Accomplishments Earn Him “Inkwell” Student-Athlete of the Month

Senior Jaylin Andrews has been an exemplary student-athlete since the day he stepped on campus his freshman year, making significant contributions in the classroom and on the basketball court. On January 30th, Andrews solidified his legacy when he entered the BL record books against Pikesville making him the all-time leading scorer in Boys’ Latin history.

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Andrews hits a crucial shot versus St. Paul’s back in early January. Photo courtesy of SmugMug.

The Boys’ Latin point record was previously held by 1977 graduate Kevin Walters who accumulated 1,446 total points during his varsity career. Andrews entered the game with 1,439 points, and in the third quarter, he made a 3-pointer to shatter the record books. He finished the game with 12 points and an impressive milestone that is unlikely to be broken for a long time.

“It was a really special moment when I broke the record, but it couldn’t have happened without my teammates and coaches. I give them all the credit for making me the player I am today,” Andrews said.

Andrews has been a mainstay on the varsity basketball team since his freshman year; he has been an integral part in enhancing the basketball program at Boys’ Latin. He’s started all four years at small forward for the Lakers and was a key component to capturing the MIAA “B” conference championship in 2015. Additionally, he has helped make the transition to the MIAA “A” conference smooth and successful.

In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Andrews has excelled in the classroom and has established himself as a leader for the class of 2018. He’s served as an ambassador for the school and regularly works with the admissions office to provide tours to prospective students and families.  Recently, he served as one of the leaders for the senior retreat and helped shape a memorable experience for all of the participants.

He has been a regular member of the honor roll and has challenged himself academically in the wide range of classes he’s taken including a handful of honors courses. Andrews brings the same focus and work ethic that is evident on the court to the classroom and his studies.

Upper school math teacher and assistant varsity basketball coach Jimmy Morrissey has had the privilege to teach and mentor Andrews the past four years. Morrissey was very proud and excited for Andrews when he broke the record and said his accomplishment is “attributed to all of his hard work and dedication to his team and his own game.” He describes Andrews as a very humble and hard-working kid who has a very complete game.

“It’s tough to single out the best part of Jaylin’s game because he’s good at so many different things. That’s probably the best part about his game; he’s so versatile and can beat you in a variety of ways,” Morrissey said.

Through his four years here at BL, Andrews has made an impact on many people including fellow classmate and teammate Christian Griffin. The two have played on the varsity basketball team for three years together and have spent many hours together in school, on the court, and outside of the community. Griffin said one of the best things about Andrews is his positivity and “ability to make everyone around him happy.”

“He’s always in a good mood and cares so much about people. Not only is he a great basketball player, but he’s a great friend and he’s always making everyone laugh. Five is really live,” Griffin said.

Andrews’ upbeat personality and care for others have impacted more than just his friends and teammates. Andrews participates in the Laker Core program in which he regularly crosses the bridge to the lower school and mentors a young laker.

As for a college destination, Andrews is still undecided about where he will attend next fall. He currently has a few Division 1 offers but is waiting for more schools to hopefully offer him other options.

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