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Faces in KS: Jayden Garrison

Jayden Garrison is one of the best 1A multi-sport athletes in Kansas. (photo: York Photography)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Feb 16, 2020

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Jayden Garrison is having a huge junior season for the Little River High School Redskins. Garrison is one of the top small school junior multiple sport athletes in the entire state of Kansas.

Garrison has been an immediate impact athlete since he entered high school two years ago as a freshman. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound, multiple sport junior is an all-state pick in football, basketball and baseball for Little River.

Garrison is averaging 22.7 points per game this season along with 5.9 boards, 2.3 assists and 2.4 steals per contest. He is a sharpshooting point guard that shoots 40 percent from three as he’s made 42 three-pointers on the season. In baseball, he hit over .400 last season on the way to all-state honors. In football, he rushed for over 1,200 yards, had over 300 receiving yards, while passing for over 400 more with 39 combined touchdowns. He also registered over 300 yards of returns as a return specialist and had 66 tackles on defense to go along with four interceptions. Garrison is a very versatile athlete that stands out in multiple ways.

Garrison describes himself as a winner and doesn’t like to lose. He also has the ability to make those around him better on the field or court. He is a team player that wants to win for the other guys. Garrison says he is a competitor that likes to play all the sports while developing life skills. In each sport, he may play a different role, but the bottom line is that he likes to compete. Although he stars in all sports Garrison thinks basketball is likely his best.

Little River is off to a solid basketball season so far in 2019-2020 and also feature Trey Rolfs, Keaton Richardson, Braxton Lafferty and Rylan Konen. The Redskins are missing Graham Stephens, the motor of the team as described by Garrison, who was hurt during football season.

Garrison also gets it done in the classroom with a 3.78 GPA where his favorite subject is math. Although he will have opportunities in multiple sports at the next level, Garrison wants to play collegiate basketball but is just now starting to put himself out there in the recruiting world.

Little River, led by head coach Wayne Murrow, is 15-3 on the season in 1A boys basketball and remains just outside the latest KABC rankings. LR is in the Goessel regional that features Goessel (12-5), Elyria Christian (11-7), Centre (7-10), Rural Vista (7-10) and Solomon (6-12)

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This feature is presented by the Little River Booster Club. Congrats to Jayden Garrison for being featured on Faces in Kansas. Best of luck to the Redskins this season.

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Q&A w/ Garrison 

How did you get involved in sports? 

Both of my parents were multi-sport high school athletes. My dad was a college athlete, playing basketball and throwing the javelin.  He's also spent time as a football and basketball official and was the Junior High AD when I was younger so I've had a lot of exposure to athletics.  I can remember him officiating at many State basketball tournaments and dreaming that one day I would get a chance to play in one.

What are your goals this season?

It's always a goal to do better than you did last season.  I would love to win a State Championship in any of the sports I play. I also set a goal to be a better leader and role model for the underclassmen.  I think it's just as important to be a good role model outside the classroom as it is on the playing field.

Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year in any of the sports?

We had a good shot in football but fell short.  Our basketball team is talented but we're young and lack experience, however we have done very well to this point and are planning to finish the season strong.  Our baseball team did very well last year so I'm excited to see how this year goes.

What makes you such a force as a player?

I'm a winner, I don't like to lose. I have the ability to make those around me better.  I want a win not only for me but for my team.

What’s it like to play multiple sports?

I'm a competitor, there's not much I don't like to play. Every playing field brings its own thrill just to be out there and play a game you love.  Playing multiple sports is good for developing life skills. With each sport you have a different role, use a different set of skills, and have a different coach which will help you in the long run. And each sport brings with it a new set of teammates and coaches and it's just fun to be around those who love the game like you do.

What is your best sport?

Probably basketball because I fell  in love with it at such a young age and have spent the most time on it.  I've played MAYB /AAU for the same team, under the same coach since 3rd grade. Some of the kids have come and gone but a core group of us have stuck with it. We've made good memories and have developed skills that have helped us to become better high school athletes.

What’s the atmosphere like to play for your school and town?

We have great support in our community. Little River has always been known for its athletics and when you have a community that supports you it drives you to represent them well.  We want to show our fans and community that we are grateful they support us so we give 100% out there.

For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one? 

There is a great atmosphere and a lot of people come out and support.

Who are other key players on your team?

I have multiple teammates that have been key to our success. I  hate to single out some as I know I will leave others who are important as well out. Trey Rolfs has really stepped up and helped us out on the boards and offensively. Keaton Richardson is quick and Braxton Lafferty has really stepped up as a Freshman and helped out all around. He is quick, strong, and heady. With him and another freshman Rylan Konen we're going to be even more dominant in the coming years. We are missing our "motor" Graham Stephens this year due to a knee injury during football but we hope he'll be back next year. I have great young teammates and many of those I have not mentioned are a huge key to our success and they are going to do great things.

Favorite thing about sports you play?

My teammates and coaches.  I wouldn't be the player I am without them. They've pushed me and supported me to be a better person and player.  Competition too, I love the chance to compete whenever I can.

What is it like to play for your coaches?

I've been blessed with good coaches. I didn't go out for football my Freshman and Sophomore year but Coach Ayers talked me into going out this year and it was amazing. He is such a good motivator and more importantly an incredible human being. Coach Morrow has been a good addition to the basketball program. He has a lot of experience and has coached many great teams at many great programs, he truly knows how to win. Coach Renken has also coached some big games and has been a big part in this program for many years.

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?

We have a weights program in the summer for all the athletes that were well attended.  We had summer camps and played some summer league ball.  A few of us played AAU and travel baseball as well.

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

I haven't really put myself out there yet. I've just been focused on the here and now.  My teammates and I have a lot of things we want to accomplish. I've had several schools contact me after playing AAU tournaments but I haven't planned any visits yet. I would like to play basketball at the next level.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

I like being outside and definitely spending time with family and friends a majority of the time.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

I look at myself in 10 years pursuing a career that I enjoy and making the most out of everyday.

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

My favorite subject is math. I want to do well in the classroom too so I'm motivated to keep my grades up.  My current cumulative GPA is 3.78.

Who is your role model?

Definitely my parents and especially my dad. They support me and always push me to be the best that I can be.

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

Not much in Little River to eat but you can always find something good to eat at Oliver's on Main St.

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you? 

I was on the Kingman Swim Team for 6 years and I was Swimmer of the Year every year in my age division. I really enjoy swimming and miss doing it competitively.

Anything else to add?

I want to add that I thank God for blessing me with the athleticism and talents he has given me. I have a poster in my room that says, "Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God". I pray that whether I'm at practice or in a game my "talent" display is honoring him.


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