Along with the Lake Forest College-bound Peyton Schrag, another senior from the 2012-13 Seneca varsity boys basketball team has a chance to play at the next level.
Jimmy David will attend Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby and play basketball for coach Tommy Canale.
“It was the coach. He pretty much seemed like he was a really nice guy, that he treated his players right,” David said. “It was close to home. He pretty much said he wanted me to play for him and would do whatever he could to make that happen.”
As a senior, David averaged 9.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for the Fighting Irish.
“He is has been a game changer for us over the past two seasons. When he is on, he is an absolute menace on both ends of the court,” Seneca head coach Russell Witte said. “IVCC is getting a very quick, skilled player that has a very high celling. It all will depend on how fast Jimmy can adjust to the college speed and strength.”
While David is unsure of where, he plans to ultimately transfer to a four-year school and hopes to continue his basketball career when he does. He credits Kelsey Adams, a Seneca teacher who has been an assistant coach in multiple sports, which helping him through the selection process. Adams may have also helped inspire David’s planned career choice.
“I think I’m going into physical education, to be a PE teacher,” David said. “I want to coach, but probably not be a head coach. I don’t want to deal with parents and all of that nonsense they shouldn’t have to be dealing with. I just want to be around basketball and football and be around kids, and actually like my job.”