Athlete Spotlight: Jade DuVal

Jade DuVal, Senior Captain of the Girls Basketball team, was only in 3rd grade when she started playing basketball. “My dad made try another sport since I was only playing soccer at the time,” Jade explains. Following her elementary school experience, she moved on to middle school basketball. After playing her 8th and 9th grade seasons at Andrews Osborne Academy in Willoughby, Ohio, she made the switch to WRA. Jade says, “I came to Reserve specifically for the challenging academics, but the fact that we have such a well developed basketball program is an added bonus.” DuVal has also played on 4 different AAU teams, traveling as far as Florida and Arizona for different tournaments. While she plans on playing basketball after high school, her focus is on the current season: “We have lots of potential this season. We can be very strong, and definitely have a better record than last year.” When asked what she enjoys about playing basketball more than any other sport, she said, “Besides the team feeds? I think that our team feels like more of a family where everyone is working with each other as opposed to thinking about themselves, which I’ve experienced on other teams.” DuVal also recollects her most memorable experience while on the court at WRA: “Scoring my 1000th point was really exciting. Everyone else knew that I was scoring my 1000th point, and I had no clue. I was just shooting a routine jumper and when it went in everyone freaked out and the game stopped. It was really exciting and funny.” When asked about her second most memorable experience, it was an easy answer. “My first team feed with the girls was so fun. We had breakfast food, and let me tell you… I love breakfast food.” She gains most of her inspiration from Maya Moore and the “Bad Boys Era” of the Detroit Pistons. Her favorite aspect of the game is defense, as she says, “there’s no better feeling than shutting the other team down.” Jade’s advice to the future teams of WRA after she moves on is to “Work hard, kick butt, and have some fun.”

– Noah Frato-Sweeney ’20

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