Levance Fields : Panther Fans To Look Foward

Pittsburgh fans will be quite happy next season when spunky point guard Levance Fields plays for the Panthers in 2005-2006. Fields, currently in the middle of his senior season, made a decision last Fall to play with Jamie Dixon's outstanding basketball program.

Levance Fields and his Xaverian teammates were severely tested in taking on a streaking Christ the King team in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, particularly in the absence of 6-foot-5 swingman Saiquon Stone, a vital cog for Jack Alesi's crew who was sidelined with a rib injury. Facing a Royal team whose roster is peppered with Division I prospects, on paper, you'd have to hand this one to CK. They did pull it out, but would have to overcome a gutsy performance by Fields to do so.

The 5-foot-11, 190 pound senior point guard hit for 26 points in the 59-56 loss, going 12-19 from the field, and 2-7 from behind the arc. For stretches, he was virtually unstoppable pulling up from mid-range. Fields' bread-and-butter is the step back jumper, and he used it to perfection at times on Tuesday night. Fields connected on seven or eight shots from mid-range, and is shooting the ball with a great deal of confidence. He's somebody whose shot you have to respect, yet he's also adept and driving and kicking it to the open man. Fields also excels at breaking down defenders off the dribble, getting into the lane, and finding the open man. When he's shooting the ball like he was on Tuesday, he's quite a handful.

Xaverian is coming off of an impressive run at the Iolani Invitational in Hawaii, where they advanced to the finals before falling to Catholic League rival Rice. Along the way, they knocked off a talented Monteverde Academy (FL) squad with multiple Division I prospects, and Fields was one of the catalysts for Jack Alesi's team with his floor game.

Fields spoke about his continued efforts to hone his jumper, and assuming a leadership role on a young team.

"I've been working on my three a little bit," said Fields. "And I've been working on being a leader, trying to help the young guys. We're a young team this year, and I want to help the younger kids before I leave."

With the return of Stone, Fields will have another old hand to share ball handling and scoring duties with. Heading into Catholic League play, however, Xaverian will have a very steady and maturing leader in Fields to hang its hat on.

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