WINNSBORO — Davon Peoples was not the man the Fairfield Central basketball coaches were looking for but he was the goofy kid who tried out for the team.
He wasn’t on anyone’s radar but that goofy kid put in the work, and is now a captain starting for the Griffins.
Davon has played basketball since a young age, but did not join the basketball team until his junior year. Coach Devin Liferidge said Davon showed a will to compete that was surprising.
“I can remember two years ago laughing with Coach Stephens about Davon’s chances of playing varsity,” Liferidge said. “A couple of months later, after a great summer, we said we’d keep him. A few months later, he had a role on the team, and before long he was starting for the team.”
While his contributions don’t often show up in the stats, Peoples says that those stats don’t tell the whole story.
“I just want to be very competitive. If you don’t want to be competitive, there won’t be much you can do in the game. So that’s my approach,” he said.
Liferidge said those contributions are critical for his team.
“He just does so many of the intangibles that don’t show up in the stat sheet,” Liferidge said. “We’ve pulled him out a couple times, and what we find out is that what he brings to our ball club is simply invaluable. He’s always been that way. He’s not the best athlete on the floor, not the quickest, can’t jump the highest, but he’s one of the smartest kids I’ve ever coached.”
Many may find it odd that the silly senior is not the stereotypical class clown. Davon says he has a love of reading.
“My favorite class is English. I like to read, so when we do reading assignments, I like to get into them,” he said.
That, he says, is something that many probably don’t know about him.
Peoples said he is looking forward to a career in military and then law enforcement after high school.
“The Navy will be a step in my life to help me get into law enforcement. I have to have something I can do for the next three years before I can get into law enforcement,” he said.
His hope is to return to Fairfield County after the military and to help the community.
“I would like to be in Fairfield to help the local community,” he said. “We’re losing a lot of stuff already, so why leave when everything is leaving when you can stay and help rebuild it and bring something to the community?”
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.