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All in the family: Peavy trio makes it a special time at Dekaney

Dekaney’s Micah Peavy. Photo by Diana Porter

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

It was always his dream to get the opportunity to coach his sons. David Peavy – who is in his third year at Dekaney High School – enters his second season of getting to do just that. DJ is a senior, while Micah enters his sophomore campaign.

“It’s really unbelievable,” David said. “It’s something I been wanting to do since I started coaching.”

In 2014, DJ was a freshman at Steele High School in San Antonio and was the starting point guard. Sitting in the stands watching was David.

David had stepped back from coaching for the year and was serving as the athletic director of Akins High School in Austin.

Following his freshman season, DJ approached his dad about coaching him in high school.

The duo headed east to Houston and landed at Dekaney High School. This gave them the father- son, coach-player combo they had dreamed of.

“Playing for my dad can be hard at times but at the end of the day I know he wants the best for me,” DJ said. “And both of us are trying to do the same thing – win.”

Since the 2015-2016 season, David and DJ have been together on the court. Last year Micah moved up to the high school level and joined the group.

“Being able to have my dad and brother as my biggest supporters and my biggest critics makes me even better,” DJ said. “That is the best part to me.”

Last season for Dekaney, DJ averaged 14.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. DJ only trailed University of Texas football commit Malcolm Epps in points per game and was fourth on the team in rebounds.

DJ recently committed to Mercer to continue his basketball career.

“Whenever I went on my visit to Mercer I felt it was a perfect fit,” DJ said. “Love the style of play, opportunity to play right away and a chance to win.”

With this being DJ’s senior year, David said he is happy with where he is at heading into it.

“I don’t know what it is going to be like when we start getting a little closer to the end,” David said. “Everything just feels good. I feel comfortable with his development as a player and as a young man to this point.

I’m excited for him in his senior year that he has a chance to do something special here at Dekaney.”

Despite this being his last year and already committed to play college basketball, DJ said he still sees things he needs to improve on.

“I have to improve being a better vocal leader,” DJ said. “The past two years we had people who were, and now I have to step up and be that guy for the team.”

When asked about his ultimate goal for his senior year, the answer just took three words.

“To win state,” DJ said.

This article appeared in the October Issue of VYPE Magazine. Pick up your copy today!

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Rockets blast Thunder in home opener, 124-91

Rockets take care of business in home opener. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

The Houston Rockets had an impressive outing versus the Oklahoma City Thunder after an embarrassing loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. They took care of business at home on Friday night, which was a surprising blowout. The Rockets didn't have to worry about Karl-Anthony Towns screaming at Alperen Sengun or Anthony Edwards telling Coach Silas to call a timeout. Instead, they took their frustrations out on the Thunder (another younger core).

"We responded and bounced back from that game 1," Silas said. "I wouldn't say it was taking anything out. It was just learning and applying to what you learn and that's going to be us this year. Applying to what you learn and getting better and having some games like we had the other day. Veteran teams have some games when they don't play as well they want."

Christian Wood led the way, as he controlled the paint on all aspects with rebounding and putbacks. He played an incredible game after having a poor performance versus the Timberwolves. Silas showed complete trust in allowing Wood to open sets, as he walked the ball down the court several times, and in transition too. Wood became aggressive on the perimeter with open shooting and tough shots, and long strides towards the rim. He finished the night with 31 points and 13 rebounds off 66 percent shooting from the field.

The young core for the Thunder had a tough night defending Wood from every aspect. Hopefully, he keeps this play up. Silas loved the space that was created throughout the game for Wood, which included the help from Eric Gordon, as he continued to play better. Wood continues to develop underneath the Silas umbrella. He had a great feel for off-the-dribble shooting a few times. Wood becomes more dangerous when space is created on the court.

"It allows me to show what I can do. It allows the floor to be open and I can create for other guys and create for myself," Wood said.

As Gordon continues to impress, his teammate Kevin Porter Jr was amazed with his performance.

Gordon looked marvelous inside and outside of the paint, as it looked like a time ripple. The younger guards of the Thunder had a tough time staying in front of Gordon. His size and strength gave the Thunder a huge problem. Gordon is shooting the ball better too, as he is shooting the three-ball at 70 percent this season. Although it's a small sample size, Gordon is trying to overcome his shooting struggles from last year. Gordon finished with 22 points on 66 percent shooting versus the Thunder.

"EG is the biggest part of this squad," Porter said. He comes in and just scores. We need somebody off the bench to do that. He is our guy when me and J come out, it's EG time and he knows that, and comes in aggressive. So much energy on the bench, and we need that every night from him if we want a chance to win."

As I recently mentioned Porter, his facilitation did look better versus the Thunder than the Timberwolves. Porter had nine turnovers in his first game but managed to have two Friday night. He made great slip passes and found open teammates in the open corner. Porter forced a good number of passes versus the Timberwolves but looked more relaxed Friday night. The hardest position in the NBA is the point guard position, but Silas will not allow Porter to fail. Instead of nine turnovers, Porter dished out nine assists. Silas said:

"Bounce back right, going from nine turnovers to nine assists… I think he had two turnovers tonight, which is great. He is making plays for his teammates, and he was really focused."

Porter's shiftiness and creative ability allowed his teammates to get open looks near the rim. He had 18 points because of his step-back threes and first step going towards the basket. Thankfully, Porter is a great ball handler, which confuses defenders on different spots on the court. It's almost like watching a ballerina skate on ice in the Olympics. Hopefully, his confidence continues to get better throughout the year. Porter shot the three-ball at 50 percent tonight. Efficiency is key for Porter this year.

"I'm just trying to let the game slow down," Porter said. "I had a lot of turnovers last game and I just wanted to piggyback and learn from them and learn from some of my forced passes and reads. And sometimes I still force it a little bit. My guys hate that, and sometimes I'm still passive and I'm working on that. When to pass and score and bounce it out, and tonight I felt like I did a good job of that."

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