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Male Athlete of the Year: Devonta Fitzgerald
by Chase Wallace
cwallace@neighbornewspapers.com
May 22, 2013 12:05 AM | 1140 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Tucker senior Devonte Fitzgerald
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Tucker senior Devonte Fitzgerald
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Whether he was defending the post or the perimeter, scoring points in the paint or firing away from outside, Tucker swingman Devonta Fitzgerald was a force to be reckoned with during the 2012-2013 basketball season.

Averaging a double-double through his senior year, the 6-foot-7 forward scored 20.9 points per game for the Tigers and pulled down 10.4 boards per contest.

With the strong numbers on offense also came high efficiency. Shooting a mind-boggling 59 percent from the field, Fitzgerald also hit 36 three-point baskets and got to the charity stripe 166 times in 26 games — where he converted 73 percent of his attempts.

“He’s the real deal,” Tucker head basketball coach James Hartry told the Neighbor in January. “Anything you need him to do on the basketball court, he can do it and do it with ease.”

A First-Team All-State selection, Fitzgerald’s play helped lead Hartry’s team to a 17-9 record overall, state playoff wins over Sprayberry and Allatoona in February, and a trip to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the first time since the 2008-2009 season.

Boasting scholarship offers from the likes of Georgia, Clemson, Florida State, Mississippi, Marquetter and many more, Fitzgerald committed to play basketball for the Aggies of Texas A&M University in September.

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