Boys’ Latin hoops star Andrews signs with Loyola


Pictured above: Flanked by father Brian (left) and brother BJ (right), Boys’ Latin School’s Jaylin Andrews signs his national letter of intent with Loyola University Thursday morning inside BL’s Alumni Hall.

 

by Derek Toney

While leading Boys’ Latin School to one of its finest seasons and breaking the school’s all-time scoring record this past winter, Jaylin Andrews was burdened not knowing where he would end playing collegiately. His angst only grew when Loyola University, which showed major interest, had a coaching change.

But the new Greyhounds staff, specifically coach Tavarus Hardy, immediately reached out to Andrews. The Laker standout wing felt a connection, and elected to stay home, signing with Greyhounds Thursday morning.

“I’ve been thinking about this decision since starting his senior season, not knowing where I was going to end up,” said Andrews, 6-foot-4. “It was stressful hearing from schools but not getting an offer.”

Andrews said Navy, where his coach Cliff Rees starred on the Midshipmen’s NCAA Tournament squads in the late 1980s, strongly desired his services with UMASS and East Carolina showing some interest.

Loyola, according to Andrews, began showing interest towards the end of the season.

GG Smith stepped down as Greyhounds coach in late March. The school recently tapped Tavaras Hardy, a former assistant at Northwestern, Georgetown and Georgia Tech, as its new coach.

Hardy came to BL to watch Andrews workout and Andrews made the short trip from the Lake Avenue campus to Loyola’s campus on the corners of Cold Spring Lane and Charles Street for an unofficial visit.

“We connected really well. I got to feel him out as a coach and a person, and he got to feel me out as a player and a person,” said Andrews. “Building that relationship impacted my decision. This relationship is something that a player needs and I feel it’s a good next step for me.”

Andrews had a breakout final season for the Lakers (25-7 last season), who reached their first MIAA A Conference final. He averaged 18.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.8 steals. He became the program’s all-time leading scorer (1,613 points), a record that stood for 41 years.

Andrews, who will be graduating next month, is excited about staying home.

“A long time ago I said it didn’t want to stay in town and leave, but I have the perfect place right here,” said Andrews. “My family can see my play, I get to come back to Boys’ Latin and watch my young ‘dogs’ play. It’s a blessing in disguise.”