Modern Legacy grad Elijah Maxwell enjoys basketball so much that he spends at the very least 5 occasions a 7 days functioning on his craft at a community gymnasium or shooting at a hoop about town.

That tough do the job has paid dividends for Maxwell, as the 5-foot-10 place guard just signed a letter-of-intent to continue his basketball job at Division III Howard Payne University in Brownwood.

Maxwell claimed Cedar Valley Higher education and 1 other JUCO system also reached out to him, but their curiosity wasn’t at the exact stage as HPU, which completed 7-18 and 6-14 in meeting previous time.

“I liked the campus,” Maxwell stated. “It was not way too big. Also, I preferred the class location. There is not likely to be as a lot of persons in there, so I can have a good romantic relationship with my professors and get added help.”

Maxwell was a very first group All-District 2-6A collection for the Rebels for the duration of his senior season following averaging 10.5 details and 3.6 assists. He was also named to the all-event groups at Legacy’s host Tall Town Oilman’s Invitational and the Denver City Tournament.

Maxwell, a 3-year starter, led the Rebels to their initially non-shedding time in 7 a long time at 9-9 in 2020-21, and then guided LHS to its first profitable time in eight decades with a 17-14 mark this earlier period. The Rebels went 5-25 all through Maxwell’s very first year in 2019-20.

“I gave him a nickname right after his sophomore year,” said Doug Gordon, who not too long ago retired as Legacy boys basketball coach. “I known as him Moses simply because he was heading to lead the workforce to the promised land. One particular matter he did is that he took a program that he was the workforce captain of and by the time he remaining it, it experienced two straight years of not getting losing seasons, and experienced a profitable year to boot at the close.

“He took more than a hard offer and when he still left it, he remaining it in great shape for the children in the long term. He made it a wonderful program. There is other young children in that application far too but Elijah was the captain. He was the leader.”

Maxwell aided his bring about by sending out film to coaches. The Yellow Jackets appreciated what they saw and brought him in for a go to for HPU.

Gordon stated he wrote letters and e-mails and produced cellphone phone calls to coaches on behalf of Maxwell, whilst recent Rebels head coach Chris Suttle sent out tapes of the LHS place guard.

All their initiatives worked, as Maxwell will understand his desire of playing college basketball.  

“Since I was in junior substantial (I desired to perform college) but I seriously started to work at it in substantial faculty and see that I could genuinely be a school player,” Maxwell said. “It was doubted a pair of situations but which is what tricky function is for and getting regular.”

Maxwell programs to key in organization at HPU.

“I’m just striving to continue to be in the pounds home,” Maxwell stated. “I’ve been watching movie from my aged tapes from substantial school. I’m just attempting to remain in the health club and get reliable on nearly anything that I do.”

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