Student Athlete Spotlight – Donavin Paris

Name: Donavin Paris

School: Trinity Christian Academy

Sport: Varsity Basketball

Grade: 12th

Age: 18

Parents: Lacy and Ronel Bishop, Justin Parris


Season as of this posting: 14.3 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and only 2.2 fouls

Shooting: 38% FG, 42% AFG, 31% Three-Pointers, 73% Free Throws

What is your main position, and what other positions do you play?

  • Main: Shooting guard / hybrid
  • Other: All

Describe your career at Trinity (JH, JV, Varsity), coaches, and team success during that time.

It started out a little rocky for me during my first year on varsity as a sophomore and having to play point guard, but once I adjusted to the speed of varsity, I started to settle in.

We’ve had some tough losses, but we’ve also had some great wins.

I wouldn’t trade this experience with my team for anything or anyone else! Love my brothers on and off the court!

When did you start playing basketball?

I started playing for fun in the driveway when I was about 6 or 7, and then my parents signed me up for I-9 basketball when I was 10. It wasn’t until I tried out for middle school ball that I started taking it seriously.

Why do you attend Trinity, and in what grade did you begin? 

I began going to Trinity my sophomore year. I wanted more of a challenge academically.

Where else have you played basketball?

I played ball for Oakleaf Middle School.

What other sports do you play?

I also enjoy playing football as a second sport, and I am proud to be part of the State Champion Conquerors. 

Describe your academic success and personal fulfillment at Trinity.

Trinity has been hard work and trying at times, but I have learned good life lessons. I feel that being at Trinity has helped better prepare me for college.

Where do you plan to play college basketball?

I would love to play college ball for whoever needs me.

What college teams have shown interest in you?

No colleges have shown interest yet, but I am working on it.

Do you have any siblings who play sports?

My younger brother plays football.

How much have your parents helped you in your basketball pursuit?

My parents have been my biggest support system! From attending every game, driving me to and from practice and training and all of my AAU trips and tournaments, they have really invested a lot of time and money. I can’t say thank you enough!

Whom else would you like to thank for your success? 

I want to thank all my friends/teammates who keep and have kept me encouraged, my coaches, and -- last but not least -- my trainers. I wouldn’t be where I am as a player or a person without them all!

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