Javon Levi didn’t earn league MVP honors last season, and it became an immediate goal for him this year.
That goal was accomplished.
The Shoemaker point guard was recently named District 8-6A MVP for the 2016-17 season, an honor Grey Wolves head coach Emund Prichett was happy to see the senior achieve.
“That actually put another chip on his shoulder,” Prichett said of Levi missing out on the award a year ago. “It was an accomplishment he’d never had, and during district play he was really focused and really wanted to make sure everybody knew he was the district MVP.”
Point guards like Levi, who averaged 15 points, eight assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals during league play, are rare. He was a tremendous asset to the Shoemaker program, according to Prichett.
“Like one of my buddies asked me, ‘How does it feel to have a human press breaker?’” Prichett quipped. “That’s exactly what he was — somebody who could take care of the ball and get it to the right spot. To be honest, coaches don’t get that type of kid twice in their career.
“I was lucky to have him my first couple of years, and now we have to adjust to life without him.”
Joining Levi as a superlative
recipient was teammate J’wan Roberts, who earned co-defensive player and newcomer of the year honors.
The 6-foot-7 sophomore post brought another dimension to the Grey Wolves in 2016-17, averaging 12 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots per game during the district slate.
“He was really great for us in protecting the rim, something we haven’t had at Shoemaker since I’ve been there,” Prichett said. “The sky is the limit for him, and I can’t wait to see what his future holds.
“For him to mature into the player he became — some nights he was the best player we had on the floor — that’s saying a lot seeing as we had some really talented players. The future will be really, really bright if that kid continues to work, be coached and continues to push himself.’
And Prichett won the district coach of the year award for the fourth consecutive year and second season outright.
“It’s a tremendous accomplishment,” Prichett said. “I really look at my staff. I share the award with them because they definitely put their work in. They don’t get the recognition they deserve, but they show up every day and put in the same amount of work that I do.
“And the kids are buying into the system, buying into what we’re feeding them and working as hard as they can.
“It’s a testament to the whole Shoemaker community, because they all support me — the faculty and staff, my family and the kids just show up and play as hard as they can.
“It’s a testament to everybody in my entire circle.”
The following is the complete list of 8-6A first and second teams:
Quinton Ford, Soph., Copperas Cove; Carson Hammonds, Sr., Belton; Malachi Barron, Sr., Waco Midway; Dajuan Jones, Sr., Ellison; Mike Aranda, Sr., Ellison; Devyn Brewton, Sr., Shoemaker; Antoine James, Sr., Shoemaker; Trayvon Todd, Jr., Killeen.
Dahmir Pearson, Sr., Copperas Cove; Dontori Lott, Jr., Belton; Elijah Moleon, Jr., Ellison; Dillon Gooding, Jr., Harker Heights; Chalanc Bennett, Sr., Harker Heights; Casey Armour, Jr., Ellison; Isaiah Oliver, Sr., San Angelo Central; Kiron Griffin Jr., Jr., Belton; RJ Jackson, Sr., Waco Midway; Thomas Robinson, Sr., Killeen; Duwain Thomas, Jr., Shoemaker.