Posted On: 10/18/15 11:00 AM

Mt. Vernon 2016 point guard Braden Fitzjerrells is one of the toughest guards and competitors in the state of Illinois.  The lead guard has a never ending motor at 5’8” with a strong frame.  He makes plays scoring in bunches both getting buckets off the bounce and is a plus pull up jump shooter.  He is also a solid distributor that has improved in that area over the years showing a good feel for when to feed the right guys.  We caught up with him to talk about his spring and summer with the Southwest Jets 17U.

“The team started off pretty strong in the beginning.  We had a big NY2LA Tournament win over All-Ohio Red which was one of our more notable wins.  We gradually grew as a team through the spring and prepared for July.  July was a pretty successful month.  I think we were at least in the Sweet 16 or Elite 8 in every tournament we were in.  The final tournament we finished second.”

How did he feel it went from an individual standpoint?

“I feel like I grew more as a point guard and accepted the true

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