BYESVILLE — Meadowbrook senior Jake Singleton put together a prolific career on the hardwood for the Colts’ boys basketball program and put his name firmly into the conversation as the best boys player in school history.
The two-time First Team All-Ohio performer, two-time Muskingum Valley League Player of the Year, and two-time East District Player of the Year capped his four-year varsity career with a impressive senior season that sealed his legacy at Meadowbrook.
Singleton averaged a whopping 26.5 points per game to rank as one of the state’s premier scorers. Singleton proved he was much more than just a scorer, as he averaged 7.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 3.2 steals per outing.
Singleton’s shooting stats were also impressive, finishing with sizzling numbers including 85.8% from the line, 64.1% from the field and 49.4% on 3s during the regular season.
He also rewrote the Meadowbrook record book, setting numerous marks in boys basketball.
Singleton put himself atop the school’s all-time boys basketball scoring list with 1,601 career points. The Colts’ sharpshooter also became the all-time leader in made 3-pointers with 219 for his career and owns records for made 3-pointers in a season with 87, most steals in a season with 87, and points in a single season with 716.
Meadowbrook head coach Teryn Jarrett considered himself lucky to have gotten the opportunity to coach a player the caliber of Singleton.
“Not sure I’ll ever coach another player like Jake in terms of talent, work ethic and overall coachability. He was the complete package,” Jarrett offered. “Jake will go down as one of the best players to ever step on the court here at Meadowbrook.
“Jake’s individual accolades will probably be some of the last things people talk about because of all the team success we had,” Jarrett added. “But he was just such a pivotal part of all that success for the last three years. I consider myself fortunate to have coached such a special player, and such a special young man.”
For the humble Singleton, the thought of being mentioned as the best boys basketball player at Meadowbrook is still hard to grasp.
“It’s a surreal feeling. There have been many great players at Meadowbrook over the years and to be known as the best is just hard to describe,” Singleton explained. “I feel honored to be mentioned with the best ever to play here. I just want fans to remember that I gave it my all until the buzzer sounded each game.”
And the thought of young Meadowbrook players looking up to him and trying to become the next ‘Jake Singleton’ is a source of pride for the Colts’ standout.
“To make such an impression on younger players at Meadowbrook, just brings me joy,” Singleton added. “I hope the kids are out there every day for hours and hours acting like me trying to get better at the game. So when they get older they can get a chance to try and break some of my records. That would be awesome and I would be the first to congratulate them.”
But now all that prep success is behind him, Singleton, the son of Kendra and Damon Singleton, is ready for a new challenge for his impressive basketball skill-set. He will head to Marietta College after recently signing his letter of intent.
Singleton also considered Notre Dame of Ohio and West Liberty University before settling on the Pioneers.
“I picked Marietta for many reasons,” Singleton explained. “With the short distance from home a plus, the winning culture, the town, the players and the coaches. Really just everything about Marietta was a positive for me.
“Marietta is a perfect fit for me,” he continued. “The style of play fits me really well. I went to a few open gyms they held and the players and coaches were very welcoming.”
Jarrett also felt the fit at Marietta is a good one for Singleton.
“I think Jake is stepping into a great system and program,” the Meadowbrook head coach explained. “It really fits right into his style of play, fast paced, high scoring and heavy with ball screen action for guards.
“He will be very effective in that system,” Jarrett continued. “I’m sure we will see a few NCAA tournament runs from him like we did these past three seasons. I see nothing but continued success coming Jake’s way. Looking forward to following his career”
Singleton is well aware that at Marietta he’s no longer the ‘Top Dog’ and will have to prove himself all over again. But he’s ready, willing and able to accept that challenge and looks forward to the opportunity.
“I love working. I push myself everyday to try and be better,” Singleton said. “I know I will do whatever I can to be the best player I can be at the college level. It’s gonna take a lot of work but I know I will do it.”
Singleton expressed he is undecided about the direction he will take academically at Marietta at the present time.
But, looking back at his Meadowbrook career, Singleton believed the Colts could have accomplished even more.
“My sophomore year the COVID outbreak happened during our tournament run and I thought we could of made the Final Four that year,” Singleton said. “And this year, I felt if we would’ve beat Heath, we would’ve beat Waverly in the elite eight game putting us in the Final Four. So those are two things I wish we could get a redo on.
“But, it’s been a fun ride at Meadowbrook, and now it’s on to a new chapter at Marietta.”