MARSHFIELD, MO - Many things have changed in Marshfield over the past 4 years, but one thing that's remained the same .... Jared Greenlee in the Blue Jays starting lineup. The senior has started since he was a freshman.
"You can tell he's been in the trenches before," said head coach J.C. Carter. "4 years, he's not rattled by anything. He's not surprised by anything."
Jared has made his mark on the court, scoring over 15-hundred points and closing in on the school's scoring record. But he's also making his mark off the court, giving his time to coach a kids basketball team.
"It's definitely fun and a real eye opener," said Greenlee. "The kids like when I'm there and it's real fun." "Jared's character has been revealed by helping with the youth leagues on the weekends. He' reffing, he coaching. He's invested in other people's lives."
And in working with these kids Jared gained a greater understanding of the game and of his own coach.
"Yeah I can see where he gets frustrated a little bit." "Jared has probably got some wisdom and maturity from trying to help and coach other people. He's probably seeing that when his 2nd and 3rd graders aren't boxing out, now he knows why I get a little frustrated."
That coach's perspective is now helping Jared reach out to the younger players on his own team.
"I'm just trying to get everybody involved this year. Try to teach some of the younger kids who are going to be leading this team next year what it's like."
Marshfield will need contributions from everyone, as they trudge through one of the toughest districts in the state. That makes Jared Greenlee's experience and leadership all the more valuable.
"Jared has been there. He knows what to do. He's going to have a maturity about him and hopefully those other players feed off of that."
Marshfield senior Jared Greenlee is this week's Arby's High School Athlete of the Week.