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WITN Sports Spotlight: Devin Crumble

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 6:19 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2021 at 6:55 PM EST
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BETHEL, N.C. (WITN) - This week we shine the WITN / Pepsi Sports Spotlight on North Pitt sophomore point guard Devin Crumble!

On Monday night, North Pitt tipped off a new basketball season with a thrilling 65-62 victory over Havelock.

“North Pitt culture is definitely about to change,” first-year head coach Keith MacLawhorn said in a Zoom interview Tuesday morning.

“North Pitt is about to change. Big things are about to happen,” Crumble added in that same virtual interview with WITN Sports.

This season, MacLawhorn is entrusting the underclassmen with upperclassmen-like responsibilities.

“[Devin] is just a hard worker, not only on the court but in the classroom,” added MacLawhorn. “When he’s in practice, he’s working hard, he’s hustling, he’s communicating with his guys. He’s just a leader.”

“Me and coach have a great relationship,” said Crumble. “He’s been coaching me for about five-six years, so the chemistry is there.”

That chemistry is so vital between a head coach and his point guard. But Crumble can also turn to someone else when he needs basketball advice. His cousin is Day’Ron Sharpe, star freshman on the UNC men’s basketball team.

“[Day’Ron] is my role model right now,” said Crumble. “I want to be like him. Go big places like him.”

But before he thinks big, Crumble says he needs to think small, and get better at the sport he loves.

“That I can get to the basket,” said Crumble. “Kick out. Penetrate. Just get to the basket. Create for my teammates.”

“He’s a hard-nosed, attack-to-the-basket type of player,” said MacLawhorn. “Once he develops a good shot, I think he is going to be very hard to guard.”

Next up for Crumble and the Panthers is a rematch against the Rams at Havelock High School on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

NOTE: If you have a senior student-athlete or athlete that you would like to nominate as a WITN Sports Spotlight, please email a bio to Tyler Feldman at tyler.feldman@witn.com.

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