Prep Basketball

Xavier's Jaylon Moses finding his basketball rhythm

HS journalism: After two knee injuries, sophomore is glad to be back on court

Xavier’s Jaylon Moses (24) looks to shoot under pressure from Linn-Mar’s Will Zahradnik (3) during a game at Xavier earlier this month. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Xavier’s Jaylon Moses (24) looks to shoot under pressure from Linn-Mar’s Will Zahradnik (3) during a game at Xavier earlier this month. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Two ACL injuries will not stop Jaylon Moses player from playing the game he loves.

A sophomore on the Xavier boys’ basketball team, Moses has returned from his injuries and has played in 14 of the Saints’ 17 games this season. He is averaging 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds.

“I tore it the first time by doing an alley-oop in a game, and when I landed, a defender ran into me and it tore my right ACL,” Moses said. “The second time was in practice and I did an alley-oop and landed on the same leg and it tore again.”

Moses’s recovery has taken him a year-and-a-half, leaving him eager to get back in action.

“It feels good to be on the court with them and to play,” Moses said. “I cannot wait for us to keep playing and working to get to state.”

The effort by Moses has not gone unnoticed, especially by his teammates.

“Since being back, Jaylon has brought our team a lot of energy,” senior and team captain Kyle Moeder said. “He has been a great offensive presence for us and has been a great spark on both ends of the floor.”

Moses came back a little timid and still is trying to get his confidence back with the help of his teammates and coaches.

“Having Jaylon back in the lineup gives our team a big boost,” head coach Ryan Luehrsmann said. “He is a terrific shooter and skilled player with great length. The sky is the limit for Jaylon if he continues to work at it.”

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The coaches have taken it slow with Moses to get him back into a rhythm. They are gradually bringing him along.

“Off the court, he is a guy that is committed to getting better year-round,” Luehrsmann said. “He sets a great example for other guys in our program in how dedicated you need to be.

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The team will be back in action on their home court against Waterloo East on Monday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The Saints (8-9, 5-9) are scheduled to host Jefferson (8-9, 6-8) tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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