Brentwood’s Duvall to play post-grad basketball at Hargrave


Brentwood’s Duvall to play post-grad basketball at Hargrave

Asa Duvall, who hit the winning 3-pointer for Brentwood High at state, has picked a prep school to play a post-graduate year of basketball after the coach at Stetson left for Lipscomb.

Asa Duvall, who hit the winning 3-pointer for Brentwood High at state, has picked a prep school to play a post-graduate year of basketball after the coach at Stetson left for Lipscomb.

Duvall told Brentwood Home Page on Friday night that he will attend Hargrave Military Academy, a boarding school in Chatham, Va., next year. He got a full release from Stetson after former Belmont and Brentwood Academy player Casey Alexander moved to Lipscomb, but wanted a chance to have more options again.

Brentwood’s Asa Duvall, shown hitting the winning 3-pointer against Blackman at state, will play a year at Hargrave Military Academy after Coach Casey Alexander left Stetson for Lipscomb. (File photos by Andrew Collignon for BHP)

“I went up there about two weeks, visited with the coach, liked the coach a lot and felt really comfortable with him,” Duvall said. “.. The main reason I wanted to go down to Stetson was because of the coach, and he left.

“And I had the opportunity to go to Lipscomb, but I wanted to buy some more time and make sure. I didn’t want to rush into anything basically right now. … I’ll have an extra year to get better, and make sure I was where I wanted to be.”

Duvall, who committed to Stetson last year, signed a national-letter-of-intent with the Florida university during the winter signing period. The 6-foot-3 sharpshooter had been recruited to Stetson, a member of the  Atlantic Sun Conference, by then-head coach Alexander.

Alexander, who had been a long-time assistant under Rick Byrd, recently accepted the position at Belmont’s city rival, Lipscomb, and returned to his Nashville-area roots.

The game-winning shot and celebration

Duvall played the past two seasons at his zoned school, Brentwood High, after beginning his career at Brentwood Academy. His father, Danny, also played collegiately at Belmont.

His 3-point at the buzzer in March lifted Brentwood to an upset comeback victory over unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Blackman at MTSU’s Murphy Center. He helped lead the Bruins to their best season ever, including the first state tourney appearance, as well as another sectional as a junior.  

“Stetson gave me a full release,” Duvall said. “We expected them to release to any school but the A-Sun, but they ended up releasing me. I could have gone to an A-Sun school, meaning Lipscomb and played. Like I said, I didn’t want to rush into anything right now.”

Duvall wanted to take time
to consider more offers again.

Alexander’s switch of schools and Duvall’s change of heart over his decision meant he didn’t have as many recruiting options so late in the game.

“There were a couple of other schools that came back into the picture for this year,” Duvall said. “I just felt like Hargrave was the best thing for me.”

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Hargrave also has a high school varsity squad, but Duvall will play for the post-graduate team. He will compete against other post-graduate programs, junior colleges, and practice squads for colleges including North Carolina and Virginia.

“It’s not like I’m going to be crawling under barbed wire and climbing over walls,” Duvall said about the military aspect of the school. “I’ve got to wear a uniform, I have to get up at 6 and make my bed, and I have to march to breakfast, lunch and dinner. And that’s really the extent of the military.”

He will then have four years of college eligibility remaining and can go through the signing process again for the next year.

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Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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