As a captain and senior on the varsity boys basketball team, Delavontae Jackson is a crucial component of the Eagles success. He averages 30 points per game, making him one of Central Ohio’s top high school players. With the season approaching an exciting finish, Delavontae shared some thoughts about the year and what is ahead.
Delavontae’s favorite moment of the season was “the overwhelming win we had against Granville Christian. That was one of the best games we’ve played as a team, our bench continued to energize us as well as the fans, and I know we gave 100% every possession on both sides of the ball.” In the game, Delavontae scored thirty-six of the Eagles sixty-nine points to push the team to a twenty-four point victory over the same team they lost to by twenty-four points a month before.
The season hasn’t always gone as smoothly as the team would have hoped. Delavonte will tell you “we have had some gut wrenching losses this year.” The Eagles were defeated at home in the final seconds by Millersport, Northside Christian, and Cristo Rey. Despite these losses, he and the team are focused on “how we can win on a consistent basis” as they work through “what each guy has to do in order for this team to be successful.”
This focus has paid off multiple times during the season. Delavontae reflects, “when I went out with an injury, the team did not give up or lose hope, but better yet, they worked even harder, and guys stepped up.” More recently, “when our juniors went off to Honduras, we did not cancel one practice that week and again guys stepped up…These moments just show how willing these guys are.”
As captains, Delavontae and junior guard Nevin Langston play an important role in keeping the team focused and creating a culture that sets them up for success. Delavontae remarks, “Not only do I have to push myself, but I am also responsible for making sure I am pushing the other guys as well…I have to make sure I set a prime example for the guys by doing everything to the best of my ability. I want them to know that my success isn’t because I have super-abilities or that everything was easy. I want to be a prime example for what hard work, dedication, consistency, and perseverance truly is.”
Looking to the future, Delavontae has lofty goals for the team and for himself. The team is looking to win the remainder of their regular-season games, then go on to hoist the Ohio Christian School Athletic Association championship trophy. As for his future plans on the court, Delavontae says, “I would like to receive a scholarship to play college basketball, and hopefully if God is willing, I would love to play professionally.” To achieve these plans, Delavontae has a few goals in mind for this season as he comments, “I want to become Ohio’s Division 4 player of the year, I want to score 1,000 points for my high school career, and I also want to lead Ohio in scoring.”
Delavontae will play in his final home game Monday, February 10th at 7:30 versus KIPP Columbus.