Freshman Jeff Allen certainly impressed this past season, providing the Virginia Tech Hokies with a valuable inside presence. Next year, he’ll be joined by another promising inside prospect in Starmount High School’s (Boonville, N.C.) Victor Davila , a 6-9, 245-pound power forward who was just named a Class 2-A all-state selection by the AP for the second consecutive season.
Donnie Livengood, Davila’s legal guardian over the past four years, believes Davila and Allen will be a formidable low post combination for the Hokies next season and in the years to come.
“I think they’ll be great together in there,” said Livengood, who has been a basketball coach for 30-plus years. “Allen is a good passer. Victor is the best passer on his team. If he doesn’t find a shot, he’ll find some way to get someone else the ball.”
Davila turned in a fantastic senior season, averaging 20 points, 11.5 rebounds and six blocks per game in leading the Rams to a conference championship and an appearance in the Class 2-A Western Regional last month. This season, he became Starmount’s all-time leading scorer (1,941 points) and rebounder (1,470 rebounds).
“This past year, I think he grew first of all as a mature human being,” Livengood said of Davila. “He has been with us for four years, and we’ve seen him change so much. Physically, he is 6-9, 245 pounds right now. He has gained 50 pounds since he has been here with us. He has really developed his strength and low post moves. He has amazed me with some of the moves he has developed. He has even showed some of his jump-shot this season…not a great deal, but he did start hitting some this season. His rebounding is really tenacious. Overall, his confidence has really grown and his strength is still developing.”
Davila, a Puerto Rican native who moved to Boonville the summer before his freshman year, continues to improve academically as well.
“His GPA is around 2.8 or something,” Livengood said. “He has really improved. There is still a little bit of comprehension stuff he has to improve, but he is getting better. With his GPA and test score, he is good to go right now.”
Davila chose Virginia Tech over offers from Charlotte, Clemson and Wake Forest, among others. Virginia Tech’s coaches, especially head coach Seth Greenberg, did a fantastic job in recruiting the talented prospect. The Livengoods...
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