Jaedaun Slack is proud to have created something of an identity crisis within the Arlington High athletic department.
“We’ve traditionally been a football school, but the impact he’s having is starting to change that a little,” Colts coach Paul Williams told Texas Scorecard. “We’ve won five in a row in District and excitement is building. Jaedaun’s been right in the middle of all that.”
The 6-foot-5 junior forward is averaging 21 points and eight rebounds for the Colts, who’ve won their last six overall to improve to 13-10 on the year and 5-3 in 6A Region I District 4 play.
Slack has known such individual success before. As a sophomore last year, he averaged 16 points and six rebounds in being named Newcomer of the Year in District.
“I really believe that if he was at one of these big-time basketball schools his name and reputation would really be more pronounced,” Williams added.
But the best may still be yet to come for Slack, who Williams projects as Division 1, mid-major level talent.
“He’s a bruiser, but with a great skill set,” Williams added. “He’s totally capable of getting to the basket or stepping out to shoot on any bigger defender, while also being able to go inside on any smaller guy you try to match up against him.”
As dominant as he’s been, Slack has hardly been one-man crew for Arlington.
Williams describes sophomore point guard Javen Hutton as “the straw that stirs the drink” for the Colts.
“He’s tough as nails and effects the game in so many ways for us,” he said. “We absolutely have to have him on the court, as he’s our best defender and starts just about everything we want to do on offense.”
Junior guard Jarquavis Kent completes the Colts’ three-headed attack, averaging 13 points after being named second-team All-District as a sophomore.