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Montgomery-DeLaurier Commits to Duke, Thanks St. Anne's-Belfield School

Charlottesville, Va., October 7, 2015 – After Javin Mongtomery-DeLaurier '16 verbally committed to play basketball at Duke University, he made an announcement on his Twitter account that included a nod to the St. Anne's-Belfield School community. 

"I am blessed to announce that I will be furthering my education and basketball career at Duke University," read the announcement. "I'd like to thank everyone who has helped get me to this point in my life, especially my family, the St. Anne's-Belfield School community, Coach Brian Kent, Ty White and the Team Loaded organization. I've been extremely fortunate to be surrounded by amazing people."

For Montgomery-DeLaurier, a 6-foot-9 power forward heavily recruited by a number of schools including Notre Dame, Texas, North Carolina, and Arizona, the School community has been an important part of life since he first visited the campus in the fifth grade. 

"When I visited I fell in love," he remembered. "I was amazed by how great the environment for learning was, everyone was incredibly friendly, and what an awesome community I would be joining."

Since sixth grade Montgomery-DeLaurier has contributed broadly at the School, on the court as well as in the in the classroom, and in a variety of environments including on stage in several fall plays and as a member of the orchestra.

"I play the viola. I previously played the violin up until my sophomore year when I literally outgrew it, so I switched to the slightly larger viola," he said. 

"I love hearing the different parts and sections of the orchestra combine and mix together to create an amazing harmony. It's so fun and so enjoyable to listen to a song after we've practiced it before a performance, to experience the feeling of contributing to the wonderful sound."

Another environment Montgomery-DeLaurier appreciates is the School's weekly, non-denominational Chapel service.

"I love Chapel," he said, when asked about his favorite School tradition. "It's the perfect time to reflect, and throughout my years I've been blessed to listen to some amazing messages from a variety of different speakers, student and faculty alike."

Looking ahead, the lessons Montgomery-DeLaurier has learned both in the classroom and as part of the School community will no doubt continue to influence him.

"The classes at [the School] have made me a responsible and hardworking person," he said. "I had to learn to become a more independent person, in terms of holding myself accountable for my performance in the classroom and in turn this has carried over to my life as a whole."

For Meredith Patterson, Upper School mathematics teacher and Montgomery-DeLaurier's advisor for four years, this commitment to academics is obvious.

"Javin loves to be challenged and has really learned to take ownership of his academics," she said. "When a change in his schedule earlier this year meant that he was going to have to sign up for a second senior seminar, I knew I wouldn't get any argument from him; he really enjoys learning and exploring new subjects. I think he has modeled what it means to be a well-rounded student-athlete."

According to reports, academics played a role in Montgomery-DeLaurier's decision to commit to Duke, with a possible biology major in the cards.


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