OMAHA, NEBRASKA: Coach Kliewer and the men's basketball team are excited to announce the addition of incoming freshman guard Ignacio Davalos from Quito, Ecuador.
Ignacio Davalos, the son of David and Maria Jose, attended Alliance Academy International in Quito, Ecquador, and Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito in Cumbaya, Ecuador. He graduated from Alliance Academy International in 2017 after going there for three years. In addition to playing basketball, Davalos played volleyball and soccer; he also played the tenor saxophone in the school band. Davalos attends Dios es Fiel. He will enter Grace in the fall of 2017 as a freshman and plans to major in Intercultural Administration.
As a freshman at Colegio Menor, Davalos was named the Colegio Menor Varsity Basketball MVP. He served as Varsity team and JV team captain his freshman and sophomore year. As a junior, Davalos was the Alliance Academy Varsity Basketball Best All Around Player. During his junior and senior years, he was Varsity team captain. In his senior season, Davalos averaged 8.8 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game, and 2.6 steals per game in 16 games, shooting 47% from the field. As a result, he was named the Alliance Academy Varsity Basketball MVP and the Alliance Academy Varsity Basketball Best Defensive Player. Throughout his four years of high school, Davalos played in both the QISSA (Quito International Schools Sports Association) Tournament and the AASSA (Association of American Schools in South America) Tournament and was part of the JV and/or Varsity Ideal Team for both tournaments multiple times.
"I decided to choose Grace University because I felt this was the place where God was calling me to. I can earn a degree and play basketball at the same time. I feel this is the place where I will be able to grow as a person and in my relationship with God," Davalos says. "I would like to thank my parents David and Maria Jose, my sister Victoria and my Grandma for always being there encouraging me to pursue my dreams and bringing me closer to God. My friends, than more than friends are brothers Mateo, Alex and JP, that have been supporting me this last two years and have been through thick and thin. Thanks to my cousin Pedro Espinoza for being an example and someone I look up to. Last, but not least, my coaches Paul Beltran, Caleb Wilson and Brad Bierle for supporting me in all things I do."
"We are very excited to welcome Ignacio as a Grace Royal! He has a strong desire to follow Christ and this passion has lead him to choose Grace," says Coach Kliewer. "As a team captain and MVP on his high school team, he is bringing a high level of talent and experience in leadership. His skill set and Christian character make him a great fit for the Grace family. Coming in as a true freshman we are excited to see him develop over the next four years!"
by Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff