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Quiet Confidence: Craven's game speaks louder than words

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G/P senior guard Dryden Craven has helped fuel the Tornadoes from a (1-8) start, to above .500 G/P senior guard Dryden Craven has helped fuel the Tornadoes from a (1-8) start, to above .500

GRIGGSVILLE, IL (WGEM) -- Things were bleak at Christmas for the Griggsville-Perry basketball program.

The Tornadoes were 1-8 at the time but ever since they've climbed back to the .500 mark thanks in part to one of their top seniors.

Dryden Craven is probably the best shooting guard in the tri-states that the casual fan couldn't identify.

He leads Griggsville-Perry with a quiet confidence and a game that speaks volumes.

"He's not a leader by his voice but he's a leader by example. Every day he's in here working hard," head coach Todd Bradshaw told WGEM Sports.

"He's just such a great story, where he's come from. He had leukemia as a little boy and now he's just blossomed."

A recent member of the 1,000 point club, Craven continues to move up the ladder in Tornado history where his family had already made an imprint.

"He said it was even more important to pass his dad up on the school's career (scoring) list, which is pretty neat to keep that community camaraderie," said Bradshaw.

"It was kind of fun to be able to say 'I've scored more points than you,'" Dryden Craven said of surpassing his father Darin.

"He just said congratulations and that he was proud of me."

Just like any other complete player the immeasurable aspects are what tie Craven's game together.

"I've tried to cut down on turnovers and play better defense," Craven expressed.

"Offense can come whenever you need it to. But if you play defense then that'll lead to offense."

"It's such a wonderful story that here he is, just a healthy young man that's not only great on the basketball court or the baseball field, but also in the classroom and off the court," said Bradshaw.

"We're just blessed at Griggsville-Perry to have someone like him."
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