NBPA: Javin DeLaurier Spotlight
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --- Javin DeLaurier was sitting with his parents last week when the phone rang. The screen said the call was coming from the 9-1-9 area code.
It was Roy Williams.
“His assistants – Coach (C.B.) McGrath – they watched me in the spring,” DeLaurier said. “They told him they liked me a lot. He wanted to see me play.
“We talked a couple times that weekend. He invited us down for a visit and it went well.”
DeLaurier and his family made the drive down to Chapel Hill on Sunday for a first look at the campus.
“We went on a tour through the (arena), through the museum, and you could just feel the tradition. All the great players that went there – Jordan, Worthy – it was amazing.”
At the conclusion of the visit, Williams offered DeLaurier a Tar Heel scholarship offer.
“We talked about how in the class of 2016 I fill a position of need with size and being versatile.”
This visit and offer was the latest exciting development in what has been an accomplished spring for DeLaurier. He’s climbed more than 60 spots in the Scout.com rankings (up to No. 38), while his offer count now approaches 30.
“I’m seeing the work I’ve put in start to pay off,” he said. “It’s been a lot to take in all at once but it’s been a lot of fun. I can’t say I’m surprised, but it’s a humbling experience for sure.
“As my skill level developed, so did my confidence. I’ve gotten more exposure, so more people know who I am, but I’m also a better player.”
These are big developments for a kid from a small town.
DeLaurier attends St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, but he’s from Shipman, Va. It’s located 45 minutes to the south, as part of Nelson County, and measures its population in the hundreds.
“Our whole county has one stoplight,” DeLaurier said. “People ride to the grocery store on their lawn mower.”
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