Yantis athlete signs with Howard Payne


A star Yantis High School basketball player signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Howard Payne University in Brownwood. Jayden Modrall wrapped up his high school career averaging 26 points and 12 rebounds per game his senior year. Modrall has been a varsity starter since his freshman year.

Modrall was All Region, First Team All District and District Offensive Player of the year in his junior year. “I am surely going to miss Jayden. He has been a great player for us here at Yantis,” Yantis Athletic Director and Head Coach Mike McMinn said. “Not only is he a great player, he is a fine yong man and a good student. He is a leader on and off the court and I know he will do great things at Howard Payne. I am proud of the man he has become.”

Modrall was drawn to Howard Payne after a visit to the campus. “I really like the campus and I got to meet the players. I just felt real comfortable there and I am looking forward to the competition at the next level,” Modrall said. “I would like to thank Coach McMinn and my coach in the Champs program, Kenneth Reynolds. The Champs program really helped me to become a better player.”

Modrall was recruited by Howard Payne’s assistant coach Jorden Young and head coach Troy Drummon. “I really liked the coaches and the players on the team. They made me feel welcome when I was there and got to practice with some of them,” Modrall added. “I am ready to get started.”

Modrall leaves in July for the next step in his career as a Howard Payne Yellow Jacket. Howard Payne is a member of the American Southwest Conference which includes East Texas institutions UT-Tyler, East Texas Baptist (Marshall) and LaTourneau (Longview).


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