Vincent Massey Vikings standout Daven Pascal is being recruited for both volleyball and basketball.
(COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)
Daven Pascal is starting to feel the pressure.
The 17-year-old Vincent Massey high school student has been debating for a while whether he wants to play volleyball or basketball at the university level, and he knows he will have to reach a decision pretty soon.
It’s not one that he’ll come to easy though. The 6-foot-7 Vikings standout has excelled at middle in volleyball and as a forward on the basketball court. He’s attracted the attention of basketball and volleyball coaches from universities both inside and outside of Manitoba.
Now, he’s trying to pick his sport of preference.
"Every day I’m switching," said Pascal, who suited up for the Vikings at the Triple Crown Zone Challenge varsity boys’ basketball tournament hosted by Massey on the weekend. "I know I have to make up my mind. It’s just a struggle because I love basketball and volleyball. I just have to decide soon."
Pascal’s current athletic situation isn’t helping, either. He’s playing basketball with the Vikings, in which he’s averaging eight points and nine rebounds per game, and club volleyball with the 18-and-under Brandon Volleyball Club. He also helped the Vikings’ volleyball team make an appearance at the provincial AAAA high school championship in November.
In addition to deciding between sports, Pascal is trying to figure out which schools talking to him offer the best business and finance courses, which is what he wants to study.
While the decision is wearing on Pascal right now, being recruited by CIS schools in both sports is giving him confidence that he can play either sport at the next level.
"A lot of the coaches say I have raw talent, but if I work hard then I can become a great athlete," he said. That gives me a lot of encouragement there. I believe I can excel in either sport if I try hard."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 26, 2013