As he glanced around the room at the All-Clark County Basketball Coaches banquet in 2013, Jaden Greenwood — then a Shawnee High School sophomore — admits he wondered what he was doing there.
Two years later, all eyes were on Greenwood.
Greenwood was honored Monday night as Shawnee’s seventh Mr. Basketball winner during the 38th annual banquet at Wittenberg’s Shouvlin Center.
“I was honored to be here my sophomore year. I had no idea it was coming,” Greenwood said. “I wasn’t, in my opinion, that great of a basketball player yet. I knew I had the potential to be, but I was really honored the coaches recognized me.
“That banquet, looking at all the players that had better statistics than me or looked better on the court than me gave me some motivation to work hard and try to be the best player I could become. Now that hard work’s paid off. It’s a great feeling.”
Greenwood finished as Shawnee’s all-time leading scorer (1,271 points) and career leader in 3-pointers made (172).
Along the way he and best friend Andrew Tincher became Shawnee’s first four-year letter winners and the first players to win four straight Central Buckeye Conference championships. Shawnee won two sectional titles with Greenwood, who finished his high school career 77-22.
As good as he was athletically, Greenwood’s mental game helped him excel as much if not more.
“He’s an extension of the coach on the floor,” Shawnee coach Chris McGuire said. “A large part of the game isn’t just athleticism. A large part of the game is the mind. He knew where to be and what to do. I’m extremely glad to have had him and I’m going to miss him.”
Greenwood was Shawnee’s second Mr. Basketball in three seasons joining 2013 winner Jaelin Williams. Vern Lawson (1988), Aaron Smith (1992), Ryan Short (2004), Derrick Hannon (2007) and Justin Williams (2009) also won the award.
“I grew up in middle school idolizing the Shawnee players. I always loved watching those games every Friday night, getting to watch the team I would hopefully play for,” Greenwood said. “I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to play all four years on the varsity level. It’s been an experience I’ll never forget. I’ll look back 50 years from now and just love my high school days playing basketball.”