Jenks’ Braxton Scott: Character Counts Athlete Spotlight Presented By BancFirst Jenks

By John Tranchina

Part of the leadership role that Braxton Scott has taken on for the Jenks basketball team revolves around his strong work ethic, as he continues to refine his skills and try to keep improving.

The senior helped the Trojans, who are ranked No. 3 in Class 6A in the state, go 21-5 and advance to the state tournament before their quarterfinal matchup with Edmond Memorial was postponed on March 12 due to coronavirus concerns. “The season has been going great, the team has been improving every single day, just been working hard to get to this point,” Scott said. “I feel like my year has been going pretty well. The coaching staff, they’ve helped me a lot to improve my game, shooting-wise, defensive-wise, and I’ve just been working hard and staying in the gym, to try to win.”

That positive example has undoubtedly been noticed by the Jenks underclassmen, who have looked up to Scott as a leader this season. “I love the leadership role, I love making people better and trying to improve the program and Jenks as a whole,” said Scott, who is also involved in the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and student council at Jenks. “In the locker room, I’ve just been trying to coach up the juniors and sophomores, trying to get them ready for their future, and trying to show them the ways of high school basketball, and make them better as a person and teammate and player.”

Scott also plays baseball for the Trojans and has had to watch from afar as the baseball team started its season, going 3-3 over its first six games without him. “I’ve been with basketball, I haven’t been allowed to go practice with baseball,” he said. “It’s definitely tough, but once I get there, I expect to work hard and try to earn a spot if I can.”

As a second baseman that mostly provides support in a backup role, Scott works as hard as he can at baseball, too. “I have been doing off-season work for baseball,” said Scott, who has been playing both sports since he was around seven years old. “I’ve been going with a coach to field ground balls and work on my arm. I definitely will have a different approach, since in basketball, I’ve probably played a little more than I will in baseball. I’ll just try to help the team out more and just try to improve myself.”