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On September 29, 2018, Matthew Shupp (Freshman) Kai Killebrew (Junior) and Jaylen Rushin (Sophomore) had an unfortunate accident while driving late at night, resulting in the hospitalization of Kai and Jaylen. Kai was back on track within the next month, but Jay had a longer recovery process, taking it much slower than Kai did. Information about Jay’s recovery continued to be shared but seemed quieter as he moved to Loma Linda Hospital. But that all changed at the Basketball team’s home game against Coachella Valley.

Jay’s injury and his recovery had a serious impact on the basketball team, derailing their inclinations for success. Coaches and the greater Xavier community surrounded the team with love and support. It was still hard. But with a season at hand, the missing piece of the team’s missing piece reappeared for the game against Coachella Valley. According to Varsity Head Coach Justin Sobczyk, “The whole energy changes as soon as Jay walks into the locker room. I truly believe he is a big reason we have been so successful early this season.”

Jaylen has been to every single home game since the one against Coachella Valley, serving as the energy booster of the team. He has been sitting behind the bench with his mother, cheering every time we score and joining in on the team’s huddles and prayers. Not only is the crowd’s cheering aimed towards the team, but it has affected Jay as well. Jaylen Rushin stated that “it feels very good that my peers are in the crowd cheering me on too because I’ve missed all of the energy that they give me.”

Jay and Mr. Alling.

Jaylen has made a remarkable recovery and plans on coming back much better than before. He aims to make a full recovery and is already preparing for next year–more fully participating, helping the team as he has before. Jay shared, “I started playing again. I’ve been in the gym just working on my shot, getting my handles tighter and getting my basketball IQ higher than it used to be.” Everyone has minor setbacks, but Jay is not letting this one stop him from achieving his goal of excelling in basketball.

Xavier Saints–GO SAINTS!

Jay’s energy is in full effect, helping the team to its terrific 10-2 start in their first DEL game, but his physical attributes are still missing. According to Xavier Guard Joshua Clark, Junior, “Jay is a very aggressive player. He is never afraid to take it to the basket and his shot was also good.” His talents will be worked back into Xavier’s rotation, implementing all the potential that Jay can give.

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