Gabe Wolf | Herald
Shoemaker guard Devyn Brewton, second from left, is the recipient of this week’s Freddy’s-KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week award, held by Freddy’s representative Shanika Johnson, center, at the Killeen Freddy’s Steakburgers restaurant. Joining Brewton for the presentation is Shoemaker coach Emund Prichett and his sons, Emund II, far left, and Lamundre.
Devyn Brewton is a team-first guy.
In Shoemaker’s 78-36 thumping of St. Anthony in its home opener Nov. 22, the senior registered 19 points and eight rebounds and was voted the Freddy’s-KDHpressbox.com Player of Week for his performance.
Brewton was appreciative of the honor, but the Grey Wolves’ success on the floor means more to him.
“It feels good to get the award,” he said, “but I’m more concerned about the team than just my personal goals.”
Brewton felt the award was more a reflection of Shoemaker’s overall performance against the Yellowjackets, one that saw the Wolves clamp down defensively and force 24 St. Anthony turnovers.
“Before the game, coach (Emund) Prichett told us to come out on fire — come out hot,” Brewton said. “Be ready to play defense and get up on them quick so they can’t come back.”
Prichett has been tough on Brewton early on this season, but the head coach said he has started to relax and play at a high level.
Prichett added the growth in Brewton’s overall game has been astronomical.
“As a freshman, all he could do was shoot a 15-footer, and he wasn’t very good defensively,” Prichett said. “But he worked at it every year, adding something to his game, and now he can make shots all over the floor and can guard multiple positions. I’m really proud of him just for the work he has put in.”
The 6-foot-6 Brewton has the size to play inside on both offense and defense, and he also possesses the athleticism to play outside on both ends of the floor.
The adaptable asset he has developed into is a luxury for Prichett and company.
“His versatility is definitely a good thing, especially when it comes to our defensive scheme,” Prichett said. “He’s been a big part of everything that we’ve done.”
The soft-spoken Brewton, along with fellow seniors Javon Levi and Antoine James, are the veterans of a Shoemaker group that is playing with 12 new faces this year.
Taking on more of a leadership role was something Brewton knew he needed to do well before the 2016-17 campaign started.
“I feel like the seniors — me, Javon and Antoine — we have to be leaders and help this team more than we usually did last year,” Brewton said. “We have to pick it up more so we can be successful.”
And the team, according to the player of the week, is doing just fine early on.
“I’m seeing a lot,” Brewton said. “We’re actually coming along pretty good right now.”
Brewton just edged Gatesville junior Allaira Jones for the award. Brewton garnered 41 percent of the vote, while Jones earned 36 percent.
Others nominated for the award were Harker Heights senior Chalanc Bennett and Copperas Cove senior Chyanne Chapman.