Jaylen Green was one of the first. He was just a sophomore when Philip Simmons opened its doors three years ago. Rangy with a impressive burst — it didn’t matter so much that he was young — he was expected to an important piece of the foundation the Iron Horse boys basketball program was hoping to establish. That doesn’t seem long ago. But much has changed. Green has grown some, added to his game. The once promising underclassman has managed to secure somewhat of a legacy as the program continues to develop now into his senior season. Green surpassed 1,000 career points a week ago. He’s just the second player in school history to hit the milestone. Then he scored his 1,000th point with Philip Simmons about a week later. He’s the only player to score 1,000 points, all with the Iron Horses. “It felt amazing,” Green said of the career milestones. “It really just makes me want to work even harder to accomplish more in the future.”

Green scored 20 points in limited action as a freshman at Hanahan. He was rezoned for Philip Simmons when Cainhoy’s new high school opened the following year. He made an immediate impact, piling up more than 300 points while the Iron Horses struggled to find their footing. He poured in more than 300 as a junior, and has again as a senior. Philip Simmons’ record has improved each season. “Jaylen has been at (Philip Simmons) from the start and has put in a ton of work to help put this program on the map,” Iron Horses head coach Garrett Campbell said. “He has been through all of the many tough losses but has never quit on the process and has always shown up the next day willing to keep working to push us forward.” Green is averaging a team-best 14 points per game for Philip Simmons this season. He leads the team in three-point shooting percentage and is second in rebounding. He scored his 1,000th career point on Jan. 21 in a lopsided 81-46 win over the Lowcountry Wildcats, an assemblage of local home-schooled players. He entered the game needing 13 points. He finished with 14. He scored his 1,000th point as an Iron Horse on Friday in a narrow five-point loss to Burke. He needed five points. He finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds — his fifth double-double of the season. “It’s been a great learning experience so far,” Green said of the past four years. “I really feel like my team and I have built an unbreakable bond over the past years. And with that, there’s nowhere else to go but up.” Green is still not satisfied. Despite his personal accomplishments, the senior says he feels unfulfilled having never played in the postseason; not with Hanahan, not with Philip Simmons. The Iron Horses enter the week tied with Timberland for fourth in Region 6-AA with two games to play. Only four teams make the playoffs. “I really want to continue to improve as a person and be the best team player I can possibly be,” Green said. “My team and I all have the same goal and that is to make a statement to all the other schools out there that we are just as good, if not better.”

1,000-point scorer Green a pioneer at Philip Simmons

Jaylen Green was one of the first.

He was just a sophomore when Philip Simmons opened its doors three years ago. Rangy with a impressive burst — it didn’t matter so much that he was young — he was expected to an important piece of the foundation the Iron Horse boys basketball program was hoping to establish.

That doesn’t seem long ago. But much has changed. Green has grown some, added to his game. The once promising underclassman has managed to secure somewhat of a legacy as the program continues to develop now into his senior season.

Green surpassed 1,000 career points a week ago. He’s just the second player in school history to hit the milestone.

Then he scored his 1,000th point with Philip Simmons about a week later. He’s the only player to score 1,000 points, all with the Iron Horses.

“It felt amazing,” Green said of the career milestones. “It really just makes me want to work even harder to accomplish more in the future.”

Green scored 20 points in limited action as a freshman at Hanahan. He was rezoned for Philip Simmons when Cainhoy’s new high school opened the following year. He made an immediate impact, piling up more than 300 points while the Iron Horses struggled to find their footing. He poured in more than 300 as a junior, and has again as a senior. Philip Simmons’ record has improved each season.

“Jaylen has been at (Philip Simmons) from the start and has put in a ton of work to help put this program on the map,” Iron Horses head coach Garrett Campbell said. “He has been through all of the many tough losses but has never quit on the process and has always shown up the next day willing to keep working to push us forward.”

Green is averaging a team-best 14 points per game for Philip Simmons this season. He leads the team in three-point shooting percentage and is second in rebounding.

He scored his 1,000th career point on Jan. 21 in a lopsided 81-46 win over the Lowcountry Wildcats, an assemblage of local home-schooled players. He entered the game needing 13 points. He finished with 14.

He scored his 1,000th point as an Iron Horse on Friday in a narrow five-point loss to Burke. He needed five points. He finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds — his fifth double-double of the season.

“It’s been a great learning experience so far,” Green said of the past four years. “I really feel like my team and I have built an unbreakable bond over the past years. And with that, there’s nowhere else to go but up.”

Green is still not satisfied. Despite his personal accomplishments, the senior says he feels unfulfilled having never played in the postseason; not with Hanahan, not with Philip Simmons. The Iron Horses enter the week tied with Timberland for fourth in Region 6-AA with two games to play. Only four teams make the playoffs.

“I really want to continue to improve as a person and be the best team player I can possibly be,” Green said. “My team and I all have the same goal and that is to make a statement to all the other schools out there that we are just as good, if not better.”