June 19, 2024


Exercise makes you strong

MCS’ Lujan earns spot with UTPB men’s basketball

Giovanni Lujan was not all set to dangle up his basketball sneakers adhering to an all-condition year his senior year with Midland Christian.

Lujan wasn’t acquiring a great deal college fascination immediately after the 6-foot-3 guard led the Mustangs to the TAPPS 1-6A district title this past year.

Lujan was suggested by his basketball coach, Doug Green, to attend a schooling camp conducted by UT-Permian Basin this summer season for latest graduating seniors and large university seniors-to-be.

Lujan manufactured an effect at the camp on the Falcons, earning a place on the men’s basketball staff.

“We ended up talking about it if I needed to proceed playing school ball and I had my doubts,” Lujan explained. “When I stored functioning out with (Doug Environmentally friendly), I explained to him, I definitely want to retain enjoying college ball. He was chatting to me about this training camp that UTPB had and then I went to the UTPB teaching camp. I worked my hardest to get the coach’s awareness and enjoy my most effective. I obtained the coach’s focus and that’s how it came about.”

In the course of his senior 12 months, Lujan was a next group TAPPS 6A all-state choice and a TAPPS 1-6A to start with-staff honoree immediately after he averaged 9.8 factors, 3.8 rebounds and two steals.

Lujan was a crucial piece to the Mustangs, who turned around their season pursuing a 3-9 start.

“I’m thrilled for Giovanni and thrilled for UTPB,” MCS boys basketball coach Chris Ryburn mentioned. “Giovanni is the sort of child who is heading to do regardless of what he can to assistance the staff. There’s no question in my mind that he will assist UTPB even so he can. I imagine Giovanni nevertheless has a whole lot of upside and space for development. If he is effective difficult, which I know he will, he’ll have a truly good chance to contribute to their results there.”

This earlier year, Lujan was known as on to fill a leadership gap after recent Liberty College guard Joseph Venzant graduated subsequent the 2020-21 period.

“Giovanni had a good calendar year last yr,” Ryburn explained. “When you reduce a guy like Joseph Venzant, you have to have fellas to step up and Giovanni was one of people fellas that stepped up in a big way and stuffed a void for us. Now Giovanni is a person of these men who is graduating and now somebody else has to action up and fill his footwear.”

Lujan, along with seniors Deshaun Ortiz and Ryver Rodriguez, served as one particular of a few staff captains for MCS, which completed 18-16 total and 5-1 in district.

“It was just a good chance for me to step up and be a chief with my teammates,” Lujan mentioned. “I just desired to display them that we could do it on our have and we can just attempt to make it as much as we can, and we did. We played seriously superior basketball as a staff, and it was entertaining.”

Lujan joins a UTPB method that concluded 16-13 overall and went 8-8 in Lone Star Conference participate in last season. He options to main in business management.

“It feels fantastic,” Lujan reported. “It’s truly unique to me especially for the reason that it’s the hometown crew. Hopefully, hometown people occur out and watch and assist.”

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