Brookwood's Prewitt signs with AUM
Fri. May 25, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
BROOKWOOD | Five days after graduating from Brookwood High School, Jaylin Prewitt participated in another life-changing event.
Prewitt, a 5-foot-10 guard, signed on Wednesday to play basketball at Auburn University at Montgomery.
"This is real big to me," said Prewitt, who played on the Brookwood varsity for three seasons. "I feel great. I feel excellent. I feel on top of the world right now.
"This is up there with my mama, my dedicated coach and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I just want to give Him the honor and the glory and the praise first of all because without Him and my mama and my coach I wouldn’t have done this. Like my coach said, it was just hard work and dedication and praying every night that my skills would improve. Hard work pays off, and the Lord does answer prayers."
Prewitt said he wants to major in communications, and the academic opportunity was one factor that led him to AUM.
"First of all I looked at the degree part because they have a great communications field," Prewitt said. "What I want to do is get into broadcasting and journalism and make my own TV show one day."
Prewitt will play for Larry Chapman, who has been at AUM for 35 seasons.
"They have a great coaching staff," Prewitt said. "I can learn from him not only through basketball but life as well. Wherever he puts me, wherever I feel comfortable, I want to contribute early.
"There’s no summer off. I have been working out as soon as the season ended. There’s always room for improvement."
Brookwood coach Thad Fitzpatrick said Prewitt finished his career as the Panthers’ third all-time scorer with 1,079 points. Prewitt led the Panthers in scoring with a 16.1-point average and in rebounding at 4.6 during his senior season. Filtzpatrick said Prewitt fulfilled a long-term goal.
"That was one of the goals we set out for him," Fitzpatrick said. "Hopefully, when he was a senior he’d have the opportunity to go off to college and play basketball, and that dream came true for him. I’m excited for him. I’m excited for his mom, and Brookwood High School is excited for him."