By Josh Mathews
The bigger they are, the harder they ball. Jyles Webster stands 6-6 and weighs 215 pounds and that’s not even the most impressive thing about him; his deceptive court speed and athleticism are comparable to that of a point guard.The Skyhawks are a highly renowned basketball team in the RVA area, and Webster plays a big role. He has an incredible range of abilities on the court, and his constant effort has been rewarded him with an offer to play basketball at the next level. The forward has recently decided that he will take his gifts to Concord University (W.Va.) and look to elevate his basketball skills and level of education.
“I chose Concord because of the coaching staff and the players,” Webster explained. “When I went up there, they showed me nothing but love.”
This feeling of a brotherhood feels like home to this friendly giant. Webster refers to his Bird teammates as his brothers, and it is evident by the way he talks about his team that the relationship between him and his teammates plays a large role in the level he performs. Webster said he has two main goals this upcoming season:
“First, I want to show the younger guys how to give 100 percent effort every day; second, I want to win the state [title] with my brothers.”
One of the team captains, his humility and team-oriented attitude set a perfect example for the younger players on this L.C. Bird team.
The list of Webster’s accomplishments is sure to grow, but as of now he has already collected second-team All-Conference honors as well as All-Academic team honors.
The Skyhawks are a major threat to win the 5A state championship. Webster and his teammates look to take it one win at a time, only this time they want to come away with rings on their fingers.