Prep boys basketball: Divver out to build on family tradition

Prep boys basketball • David Divver was part of Highland's 2011 state champion team.
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Basketball championships run in the Divver blood.

David Divver watched from the bench during his sophomore year as his brother Steven led Highland to a Class 4A state championship. David was instrumental in helping the Rams get into the finals with timely 3-point shooting and strong defense, but he was a role player waiting to make his mark for the Rams.

David, who now is in his senior year and whose younger brother, Spencer, is coming off the bench, knows there is no tomorrow and plays every game accordingly.

"I know how hard it is to win a state title, and I won't stop until I get another one," David said. "I want to show my brother what it takes to win."

Coach Keith West describes Divver as having no quit in him. His tough, physical style is revered at Highland, and he's developing into a true team captain.

"He leads by example," West said. "He's a great defender, a natural shooter. More than anything, he's a real tough kid."

Divver leads the team with 74 points to go with nine rebounds and eight steals. His conditioning allows him to play bigger than his 5-foot-10 frame, and he's able to sneak up on players with a seemingly unlimited amount of energy.

"They say practice as you play because when you're in shape, it makes the entire games easier," Divver said. "Better yet, it is a lot more fun when you're ready on game day."

The Rams entered the week 2-3 but easily could be 5-0. All three losses were nail-biters. West attributes this to a defense that it still is trying to find itself and learning to make the proper adjustments. He relies on Divver to do the work on the court to shut down opposing teams.

"David only knows how to play full out," West said. "He has the talent to stop teams and shut them up with his shooting."

For Divver, the measure of a successful season is a state championship. He worked all summer with a shooting coach to improve his footwork and ability to shoot off the dribble. He knows this is his final chance to raise another state title banner and reminds his teammates at every practice.

"How do you want to finish?" he asked. "I want to finish as a state champion." —

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David Divver carried a 3.9 GPA and wants to pursue basketball after high school.

He credits shooting coach Gary Trouse for improving his shooting and ability to shoot off of the dribble.

His older brother, Steven, won a Class 4A state title in 2011. His younger brother, Spencer, plays on the Highland basketball team.