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PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Three-year starter James Devlin also is no slouch on defense.
By BRYAN BURNS
Published March 15, 2006
TAMPA - Chamberlain senior James Devlin wasn't always a basketball player.
Growing up, he didn't even like the sport. He was a football player. He wanted to score touchdowns, not knock down jumpers.
"I didn't like basketball because I thought it was boring," Devlin said.
He excelled on the gridiron, too. A player with Devlin's athleticism is going to be good, no matter the sport.
His football career was short-lived, though. A knee injury in the eighth grade forced Devlin to hang up his cleats and give up the sport he loved.
That's when he turned to basketball.
"I would see everybody outside playing one-on-one, so I went out and started playing," Devlin said. "I've been playing ever since."
That unfortunate knee injury jump-started Devlin's basketball career, a career that eventually led him to the state final as a senior. Devlin started out playing street ball and was able to develop his ball-handling and one-on-one skills. It's also where he found his deadly shooting touch. That touch is what Chamberlain coach Doug Aplin noticed immediately.
"He has always been a good shooter," Aplin said. "After he got about halfway through his junior varsity year, we saw he could be a good player because he could shoot the ball."
Devlin, a three-year starter for Aplin, immediately made his presence felt on the varsity level. He was an honorable mention all-county selection as a sophomore, and in his junior year he averaged 21.8 points to earn first-team status.
"As he got older, he became stronger and his speed improved," Aplin said. "He also grew defensively."
Playing street ball, defense wasn't a major concern for Devlin when he first arrived at Chamberlain. "In ninth grade, I didn't know how to play defense," Devlin admitted. "I thought I did, but I didn't."
Part of Devlin's rapid ascent from basketball neophyte to Hillsborough's best stems from his work ethic. Aplin says at any given time, you can find the 6-foot-1 guard in the gym.
"He just loves to play, whether it's for us or down at the rec center," Aplin said.
"Over the past three summers, I stay in the gym and just shoot," Devlin said. "Usually about 200 to 300 shots a day."
Devlin eventually wants to play for a Division I school. Right now, he'll go to a junior college - either Hillsborough Community College or St. Petersburg College - and play for a year or two.
But when you consider how far Devlin has risen in just five short years, it's hard not to see him playing D-1.