It didn’t take long.
Just a week after teammate J’wan Roberts won the Freddy’s-KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week award for the second time — the first area athlete to do so this school year — Shoemaker’s Devyn Brewton earned his second.
After a week that saw the 6-foot-6-inch senior miss only one shot in a 22-point outing in a victory over Copperas Cove and a 17-point, eight-rebound performance in a win over Waco Midway, Brewton garnered 37 percent of the vote for the award.
The Shoemaker boys have now won a total of five player- of-the-week awards during the basketball season, and the soft-spoken Brewton put it simply.
“It just means we work the hardest in the district,” he said. “To me, it’s not that big of a deal. I’m looking at the bigger picture.”
Grey Wolves head coach Emund Prichett agreed.
“It says a lot,” Prichett said. “Our team is really unselfish. The guys show up and play their role, and they really don’t care who gets the glory and who gets the fame. They’re just trying to win ballgames.”
Prichett said both Brewton and the team had a big week.
“He showed up and knocked down all the open looks against Copperas Cove,” Prichett said. “He was absolutely phenomenal, just making every type of shot from all over the floor — making 3s, hitting pull-ups, 2-foot jumpers. He played as hard as he could, and he looked really good making all those shots.”
Shoemaker won its second outright District 8-6A title and third in a row Friday with a 66-42 win at San Angelo Central, and Brewton has been a big part of the last two.
“It feels good that the hard work finally paid off,” Brewton said, “and we got what we wanted.”
While he has been integral to the Grey Wolves’ success the last two years, Prichett said Brewton hasn’t stopped getting better.
“He really improved his guard skills,” Prichett said, “being able to put the ball on the floor, being more confident in catching and shot-faking and taking a step in. You’ve pretty much got to be right there when he catches it, because he can let it fly even if you’re running at him and closing out.
“He’s basically perfected everything he has and added a little ball-handling to his game.”
Brewton said the development of the younger players has helped lift Shoemaker (25-6, 12-1) to the pinnacle of the league.
“At the beginning of the season, everybody was pretty much playing the same,” Brewton said. “But after the Christmas break, we started playing together more as a team.”
Behind the veterans — Brewton, Javon Levi and Antoine James — and the infusion of their talented and continuously improving youth, the Grey Wolves intend to parlay their district championship into another extensive playoff run.
Others nominated for the award were Shoemaker senior Robert Hall, Killeen senior Shianne Johnson, Gatesville junior Allaira Jones and Ellison senior Alex Lee.
Hall won two matches in a wrestling triangular against Bryan High and Bryan Rudder, which included his 100th career victory.
Johnson had 22 points, 11 rebounds and five steals in a victory over San Angelo Central, and she also paced the Lady Kangaroos with 14 points in a convincing win over then-10th-ranked Ellison.
Jones tallied 17 points and seven rebounds for the Hornets in a win over Hillsboro, and she added 13 points and a clutch overtime basket in a 35-28 triumph over Lorena.
Lee scored five goals during the week, including four in a win over Copperas Cove, to aid the Eagles to two victories.