Devin Shuler’s basketball career turned a corner in early December, when the Bell point guard dropped 29 points on then-No. 5 Riverdale Baptist in a 66-63 loss. That’s how many nights ended for the Griffins’ this winter – they won just nine games, with five losses coming by six points or less – but Shuler announced himself to the local basketball scene with his performance that night.

“They were supposed to be such a big name team, and I did that on them,” Shuler said, “so like if I can do that on them, I can do that against anybody.”

Shuler doesn’t lack for confidence (“Personally, I like to say that I’m the best [in the DCIAA],” he said) and the scoring never really stopped during a a terrific individual campaign. He averaged 22.2 points per game, which ranked ninth in the area. The 5-10, 150-pound slasher was certainly was the DCIAA’s most prolific scorer; he had three games of 30 points or more, shot nearly 85 percent from the foul line and hit three-pointers in all but two games (39 three-point field goals made).

“I think the biggest factor was just letting the game come to me,” Shuler said.

No recruiting interest has materialized for the point guard yet, which means he’s going back to the drawing board this spring on the AAU circuit in an attempt to win over scouts and coaches. Shuler left Virginia Assualt to join a new AAU club (Izey23 IVEY23) this spring, joining a roster that includes other DCIAA players such as Coolidge’s Everett Coker and Wilson’s Larry Holmes, he said.

Shuler transferred to Bell from Cesar Chavez last year, in hopes of gaining more exposure as a basketball prospect. All the players on his team will be looking to turn heads on the summer circuit, but Shuler insists that his offensive game doesn’t demand the ball. That’s why he may be a diamond in the rough for college recruiters.

“I think if I just play my game, somebody, somebody, it don’t really gotta be no big name school,” Shuler said, “I think somebody will recognize that I can play.”

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