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By Derrick Smith
 
Growing up, Jaylen Chelf loved the game of basketball. When he was in second grade, he played in his first game. Since then, he has become a better player on the court and better person off the court, thanks to someone that he is close to. “My brother, JaRon, has been one of the biggest role models in my life,” Chelf said. “He showed me how to put in the hard work to improve myself as a basketball player. He always pushed me to be better than him.”
 
Jaylen is a sophomore at Guthrie High School, where he plays point guard for the Blue Jays basketball team. He also plays cornerback for the football team and competes in long jump for the track team. Outside of athletics, he is also a member of the Heritage Club and honor roll.
 
While he has put in a lot of hard work to get where he is, Chelf knows that he would not be where he is today without a special group of people. “I have a lot of great role models in my life,” he stated. “JaRon, my mom and dad, and my auntie Karen. They have shown me the correct path to take in my life. I would not be where I am without them.”
 
Guthrie boys basketball coach, Sean Morgan, says that Jaylen is an overall great student-athlete. “Jaylen is an exceptional kid, a very respectful and trustworthy individual,” he said. “He’s a great teammate both on and off the court. He puts in extra time and continues to develop. He’s only a sophomore, but is a talented guard with quick feet and a solid jumper. He needs to grow some but he’s a competitor and has the potential to be a great player! He is an A and B student who shows up everyday ready to work.”

Though he has enjoyed some great memories over the years of competing, Jaylen says that there is one moment that stands out as his favorite. “My favorite memory was my first time stepping on a varsity court against Northwest Classen. It was a great feeling and I was ready to play.”

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