Academic and baller gets a Jesuit basketball scholarship
St John’s College was in a celebratory mood today. One of its own, a seventeen year old fourth former, has landed himself a scholarship at a US university. Devin Daly is not only a sound academic student; he is also excellent on the basketball court. Those skills have earned him a spot at the Lake Superior State University. Devin was ecstatic today when he signed an athletic contract. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports.
Delahnie Bain, Reporting
The entire St. John’s College family today celebrated the success of fourth form student, Devin Daly. Daly was one of four SJC athletes that participated in the King James Classic Basketball Tournament in Ohio last month and his game has earned him a scholarship to attend Lake Superior State University in Michigan.
Devin Daly, Lake Superior State University Scholarship Recipient
“Well, I’m very excited but at the same time I’m humbled by this opportunity. I’m still right now in shock and I’m trying to understand what’s going on but by the end of today I’ll be stable and calm.”
“So when did you get the news?”
“That I will be getting a scholarship? Just last night; we had a meeting at my house and the coach told me what the university has to offer and we discussed it there and decided to do the signing today.”
Jorge Espat, President, St. John’s College
“Devin Daley signs an athletic contract to play basketball at Lake Superior State University. Lake Superior State university offers our young Jesuit scholar, Devin, a full scholarship to pursue his bachelor’s degree… [Applause] LSSU is a university distinguished for its engineering, environmental science, teaching education, nursing, business management, law and criminal justice.”
“I’d like to study marine biology because I’m thinking about Belize and the state that our natural resources are in and I’d like to come back and help my country.”
Paul Thompson, president of the Belize Basketball Federation, says Daly is very much deserving of the scholarship since he is both a star student and a star pupil.
Paul Thompson, President, Belize Basketball Federation
“We, in the basketball community believe that this could not have happened to a better individual. He is, in basketball in Belize, he is a beast, a monster. Off the court, he is exemplary. He conducts himself properly, he represents this school properly, and he represents our nation properly. So this couldn’t have happened to a better person.”
“That balance comes from my mother because with the academics, she’s the one who always reminds me do this, do that, do your homework and with the basketball part of it, it’s my coaches so I try to share myself.”
Coach Bernie Tarr, who was with Daly and the other fourteen athletes for the tournament, passed on the props to the coaches who came before him; but his contribution was not lost on Minister of State with responsibility for sports, Herman Longsworth.
Coach Bernie Tarr, Basketball Technical Officer, National Sports Council
“Devin is definitely a reflection of all the people that’s touched his life. Coach mentioned all the coaches from the Belize Bank Bulldogs to the High School coaches and the national team coaches, you all had part of this. I’ve had just a small part of this I’ve only known Devin for less than ten months so all this goes out to you guys. You coaches have spent time, you laid this foundation for him.”
Herman Longsworth, Min. of State, Ministry of Education, Sports & Youth
“I found this program in place when I came and I want to congratulate all who have been involved. But I’ve worked very closely with coach Tarr and I feel that he brings the kind of energy to this kind of a program that we need to see. I need to find ten more coach Tarr’s… [Applause]”
Daly says the tournament has shown him the level of talent that’s out there and that has encouraged him to work even harder.
“The experience really opened my eyes because I didn’t know that there were so many basketball players in the world and that was just one single tournament and it really showed me that I really need to work harder. It opened my eyes about the level that I’m at.”
“This is something I promise you here that as long as I sit in that seat, we will maintain. We will send children to tournaments like this every single year. We must do it.”
“I would just like to say to my other athletes and teammates to just keep focused, stay in school, have a positive attitude and be coachable because—and always have humility cause that will take you a long way.”
He leaves for Lake Superior State University in Michigan at the end of August. Delahnie Bain for News Five.
This year is the first time Belize participated in the King James Classic.