Shooting hoops every day makes Jake the basketball star at Colton

Shooting hoops every day makes Jake the basketball star at Colton
COLTON, WA - Colton's Jake Straughan is a three sport athlete but claims basketball is his favorite. Currently averaging nearly 26 points per game, this junior Wildcat still has another year to impress college coaches.

Exuding confidence and skill, Colton junior Jake Straughan is at the top of his game, a game that he's been playing for as long as he can remember, a game that he loves.

"I play basketball almost every day and I love doing it," said Jake. "It's not like I have to, it's just my thing."

With influence from his dad, this hoops star used to favor football but when he hit junior high, his love shifted to the court.

"Ever since I was a little kid, I always loved the game but I was more of a football player when I was younger because my dad played football and that was his thing," said Jake. "But ever since high school and junior high, it was my favorite sport and it always will be."

Based solely on his stats, it looks as if Jake has chosen the right sport. Currently averaging 25.8 points per game, 7.9 assists per game and 5.8 rebounds per game, this guard has had to fill some big shoes after losing top players last year.

"We've had to definitely adjust, and me and Dalton especially have had to take over the leadership role and just score a lot of the points," said Jake. "Right now our season's going well and we're going for that league title."

With only five games remaining, a league title is definitely within their grasp but Jake's talents go beyond the court. Head Coach Seth Paine refers to Jake as the "complete package."

"He's an excellent student," said Paine. "He's a great role model for little kids and he gets it done on and off the floor."

"I just go out there everyday and try to play my hardest and do everything I can to make my team win," said Jake.

Hoping to play ball in college, he not only practices with the team, but stays hours after everyone has gone home to perfect his game, making Colton High School's Jake Straughan our P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week.