Meet the 'Jackets: Quenton Shelton

LDR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon sophomore Quenton Shelton (right) dribbles the basketball during a summer league game his freshman season against the Joplin Eagles. Shelton will be the starting point guard for the ‘Jackets this upcoming season.


If you attended a Lebanon High School boys’ basketball game last season, you probably took notice of the young freshman named Quenton Shelton.

Now a sophomore, Shelton will be relied upon as the leader for Lebanon head basketball coach Adam Thornhill and the rest of the ‘Jackets.

“Quenton has looked explosive throughout practice and even throughout the summer,” Thornhill said. “It seems like he has added another gear in him since last season. He appears to be a little bit faster at getting to the basket, his pull-up looked a little more polished, and just seemed a little faster altogether.”

Throughout the summer, Shelton spent his time playing with MoKan, an AAU team that competes on the Nike EYBL circuit traveling to places all over the country playing the best competition. Throughout the years, MoKan has featured players such as Michael Porter Jr. (Mizzou), Trae Young (Oklahoma), Willie Reed (Los Angeles Clippers), Alec Burks (Utah Jazz) and Willie Cauley Stein (Sacramento Kings). He also played with the Arkansas Wings, another member of the Nike EYBL.

During his freshman season, Shelton recorded 520 points and broke the school-record for most 3-pointers made in a season with 89 (267 points).

Shelton has a chance to become the ‘Jackets’ third 1,000 point scorer in the past five seasons (Jordan McGinnis and Jack Ehrhardt).

The Lebanon Daily Record recently caught up with Shelton to talk to him about this upcoming basketball season.

LDR – Describe your game for people who haven’t seen you play.

Shelton – My game can bring a lot to a game of basketball, I can get my teammates open for shots, play good defense and get in the passing lanes to help trigger the offense.  I can also score and create shots for myself. Also, I can be the main leader for our team.

LDR – What are some things you’ve worked on this offseason?

Shelton – Some things I worked on this offseason were my ball handling to make it faster and quicker, so I have right handles to help get the ball down the court quicker, and the other thing I worked on was my defense and quickness to help me stay in front of my man at all times. Defense was the main focus for me.

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