Spring Spotlight: Nampa’s Donavon Estrada Gears Up For Busy And Productive Stretch
By Gino Pilato
In an ultra talented 2020 class, Nampa’s Donavon Estrada looks to be putting in the work to keep his steady rise up the rankings and on the radars of those looking for skilled guards in the state of Idaho.
Estrada plays his AAU ball with Select, and is about to embark on a live period where he will be seen by many and playing against some top tier kids on the west coast. Prep Hoops Idaho recently caught up with Estrada to find out a little more about his Spring plans. “I am playing with Idaho Select this Spring, we’re going to a tournament in Seattle as well as Anaheim, and a local tournament for most guys in Boise.” Estrada added, “I’ve been in the gym a lot lately just trying to get my jump shot down so definitely working on that and my ball handling can use some improvement as well.”
Estrada was a steady force for a Nampa team that continues to try and flip the script regarding their record in 5A SIC play. In fact, last season despite only notching 5 total wins, the team topped tough teams in Capital, Timberline, Homedale and Kuna. Estrada touched on the success that he felt he achieved last season, “I felt that I had a good season, I also felt like I could’ve done a lot better than I did towards the end of the year. Some highlights for me personally was definitely winning our first 5A league game in two years and just getting the opportunity to play varsity as a sophomore. Not a lot of kids get the privilege to do that so it was definitely a great experience that only made me better and has prepared me of what to except from now on.”
Estrada logged some very valuable minutes this past season at the varsity level which will undoubtedly help him when he embarks upon the live period with his Select team. With his size, and athleticism (Estrada also plays quarterback for Nampa High), Estrada was able to do damage to the opposition as he often times set up teammates for open looks from his quick penetration into the painted area and his speedy kick out passes, certainly one of his best aspects as a player.
While starting at point guard for Nampa, Estrada saw his averages reach 9.5 points and 2.7 assists per game at one point and those totals will likely rise next season with this much more experience under his belt playing for such an excellent AAU program as Select. Keep tabs on this young gun as his profile is rising.