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May 10, 2012

Academic and baller gets a Jesuit basketball scholarship

St John’s College was in a celebratory mood today. One of its own, a seventeen year old fourth former, has landed himself a scholarship at a US university. Devin Daly is not only a sound academic student; he is also excellent on the basketball court. Those skills have earned him a spot at the Lake Superior State University. Devin was ecstatic today when he signed an athletic contract. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports.


Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The entire St. John’s College family today celebrated the success of fourth form student, Devin Daly. Daly was one of four SJC athletes that participated in the King James Classic Basketball Tournament in Ohio last month and his game has earned him a scholarship to attend Lake Superior State University in Michigan.


Devin Daly

Devin Daly, Lake Superior State University Scholarship Recipient

“Well, I’m very excited but at the same time I’m humbled by this opportunity. I’m still right now in shock and I’m trying to understand what’s going on but by the end of today I’ll be stable and calm.”


Delahnie Bain

“So when did you get the news?”


Devin Daly

“That I will be getting a scholarship? Just last night; we had a meeting at my house and the coach told me what the university has to offer and we discussed it there and decided to do the signing today.”


Jorge Espat, President, St. John’s College

“Devin Daley signs an athletic contract to play basketball at Lake Superior State University. Lake Superior State university offers our young Jesuit scholar, Devin, a full scholarship to pursue his bachelor’s degree… [Applause] LSSU is a university distinguished for its engineering, environmental science, teaching education, nursing, business management, law and criminal justice.”


Devin Daly

“I’d like to study marine biology because I’m thinking about Belize and the state that our natural resources are in and I’d like to come back and help my country.”


Paul Thompson, president of the Belize Basketball Federation, says Daly is very much deserving of the scholarship since he is both a star student and a star pupil.


Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson, President, Belize Basketball Federation

“We, in the basketball community believe that this could not have happened to a better individual. He is, in basketball in Belize, he is a beast, a monster. Off the court, he is exemplary. He conducts himself properly, he represents this school properly, and he represents our nation properly. So this couldn’t have happened to a better person.”


Devin Daly

“That balance comes from my mother because with the academics, she’s the one who always reminds me do this, do that, do your homework and with the basketball part of it, it’s my coaches so I try to share myself.”


Bernie Tarr

Coach Bernie Tarr, who was with Daly and the other fourteen athletes for the tournament, passed on the props to the coaches who came before him; but his contribution was not lost on Minister of State with responsibility for sports, Herman Longsworth.


Coach Bernie Tarr, Basketball Technical Officer, National Sports Council

“Devin is definitely a reflection of all the people that’s touched his life. Coach mentioned all the coaches from the Belize Bank Bulldogs to the High School coaches and the national team coaches, you all had part of this. I’ve had just a small part of this I’ve only known Devin for less than ten months so all this goes out to you guys. You coaches have spent time, you laid this foundation for him.”


Herman Longsworth, Min. of State, Ministry of Education, Sports & Youth

Herman Longsworth

“I found this program in place when I came and I want to congratulate all who have been involved. But I’ve worked very closely with coach Tarr and I feel that he brings the kind of energy to this kind of a program that we need to see. I need to find ten more coach Tarr’s… [Applause]”


Daly says the tournament has shown him the level of talent that’s out there and that has encouraged him to work even harder.


Devin Daly

“The experience really opened my eyes because I didn’t know that there were so many basketball players in the world and that was just one single tournament and it really showed me that I really need to work harder. It opened my eyes about the level that I’m at.”


Herman Longsworth

“This is something I promise you here that as long as I sit in that seat, we will maintain. We will send children to tournaments like this every single year. We must do it.”


Devin Daly

“I would just like to say to my other athletes and teammates to just keep focused, stay in school, have a positive attitude and be coachable because—and always have humility cause that will take you a long way.”


He leaves for Lake Superior State University in Michigan at the end of August. Delahnie Bain for News Five.


This year is the first time Belize participated in the King James Classic.

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9 Responses for “Academic and baller gets a Jesuit basketball scholarship”

  1. skylar says:

    Congrats and good luck! Its always nice to see focused youths.

  2. David says:

    Can we get more stories like this in the news? Please! Devin is an example of obedience paying off. I am sure there are many more young people like him in Belize that we do not hear about.

  3. dribbling the ball says:

    Great information and inspiration. Your article was very poignant and understandable.It helped me to understand very clearly.Thanks and blessings

  4. Star says:

    such awesome news… if I had a son… i’d definately send him to sjc

  5. Darlene says:

    Such an inspiring story, I hope this will be a great example for the other young men in Belize. Do your country proud Mr. Daly all the best to you.

  6. belizeanpride says:

    kudos to this kid, but a big round of applause to his parents that plays a big part in this kid’s attributes in studies and talent, this is all we need to have in all Belizean parents to avoid what the country is going through with our youth this days.

  7. IloveuBelize says:

    Awesome! As the mother of two boys, I know its not easy to raise them but the intelligent young man he appears to be, I am sure his family had a lot to do with his successes. Congrats to Devin Daly for a splendid job so far. He has his future in his hands now.

    I’m a BIG believer in humility and good manners. I’ve noticed that Belize has a number of talented young men out there (particularly in sports) but I’ve noticed that they tend to be very arrogant and “breggin” (as we would say in creole). They think that they are up there already and refuse to humble themselves and keep an open mind. I advise them to eat some humble pie, study and work hard and in the end you will see success!!!

  8. Hakeem says:

    Good Job Devo…i’ve seen you grown to a nice basketball player…just take care of yourself when you go out there and stay focus…don’t fall into any peer pressure that may come your way…Once again..congratz and best of luck to you bud ;)

  9. Al says:

    What an awesome honour for this young man. If someone reads this and knows this young man, please encourage him to stay focused both to academics and the game. This is the kind of news Belize should be noted for. Thank you Jesus, now keep this young man always in the palm of your hands and as the apple of your eye.

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