Levitch living a dream in the Derby Classic

North Oldham High School sharpshooter David Levitch is living a dream this week, participating in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. The University of Louisville walk-on will participate in the three-point shootout finals on Friday night during halftime of the game in Freedom Hall.

A lifelong University of Louisville fan, David Levitch fulfilled a dream when U of L coach Rick Pitino asked him to walk-on last summer.

Now, the senior at North Oldham High School living another dream. He's competing with three other future teammates at U of L in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic with some of the best talent in the country.

"This is such a great experience for me," Levitch said. "It's a lot of fun for me. It means a lot to be around such good players, including ones that I will be playing with next year in Anton (Gill) and Akoy (Agau)."

The 6-foot-3. 175-pound Levitch will compete on the White team with Gill, Agau and Lexington Catholic's Dillon Avare, another U of L walk-on. Levitch made it into the finals of the three-point shooting contest, which will be at halftime.

"It's just a great experience for me," he said.

A two-time All-Eighth Region performer with close to 2,000 career points for the Mustangs, Levitch played for The Ville AAU team. He was seen last summer by the U of L staff and coach Rick Pitino asked him in July to walk-on.

Levitch, who had several other scholarship offers, accepted Pitino's offer and was announced with the Class of 2013 signing class in November.

During the season, Levitch attended most of the U of L home games and said it was "so great to watch them," win the national title.

"It was exciting to watch and it would be a great experience to repeat," Levitch said. "Watching (walk-on) Tim (Henderson) was also very encouraging. I'm hopefully going to be in the same situation as him coming down the road.

"That was a lot of fun to watch and encouraged me."

As a junior, Levitch averaged 18.8 points, 4.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game and hit 42.3 percent from three-point range. During his senior season, Levitch averaged 24 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists a game. He was 68 of 160 from three-point range as a senior.

Levitch finished with 220 three-pointers in four years.

After his season, Levitch said he's been hitting the weight room harder and is trying to put on weight. He said he's gained about 10-15 pounds.

"I'm trying to become a better ball handler and just put on more weight," he said. "As long as I get some more weight, I feel like I can help out."


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