After what he has helped Owasso accomplish the last six months, it's hard to question Jaylen Lowe's leadership skills or his athletic ability.
In the fall, the 6-foot senior quarterbacked the Rams to the Class 6A football state semifinals. Then he headed straight to the basketball court, and guided them to the semifinals there as well.
He did it by scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game, and by distributing, regularly setting up 20-point-per-game sophomore star Shake Milton.
And with all that, Lowe earned a spot on The Oklahoman's Super 5 first team.
“He's the most competitive, driven player I've ever coached,” Owasso's Mark Vancuren said. “He is always his best against players who other people say are better than him and he consistently proved everyone they were wrong.”
Perhaps the most impressive accomplishment was the Rams' record this past season, finishing 23-4. While the football team has been solid in recent years, the basketball program has been mediocre.
The 23 wins surpassed Owasso's total number of wins from Lowe's sophomore and junior seasons combined.
“We broke a lot of records as a team,” Lowe said. “Me and Shake broke some records individually. I'm just really proud of the way we played all year. We accomplished a lot of things. It sucks it didn't end the way we wanted it to, but I think we're all proud of ourselves.”
With several players from the football team crossing over to play basketball as well, Lowe felt some carry-over of momentum from one season to the other.
“Half the basketball team was football players,” Lowe said. “In previous years, we didn't have a lot of success in basketball. A lot of us seniors were tired of losing. During football, the whole town of Owasso had our back, and we wanted that same thing in basketball. And that's what we started.”
There's no arguing that point. Anyone who was at the Mabee Center for Owasso's games, especially the semifinal loss to Edmond Memorial in double overtime, would tell you that the Rams had one of the biggest cheering sections ever at the Class 6A state tournament.
“That was humbling,” Lowe said. “That was the most people I've ever played in front of. I was proud to be a Ram. We loved all the support and just wanted to play for them.”
Lowe's future is in football. He signed with the University of Tulsa in February, but he has discussed the possibility with the coaches there of playing basketball as well.