Donaven Santana didn’t really come out of nowhere during Lewiston High’s 2017-18 basketball season.
It just seemed that way because he’d been playing behind some terrific players as a sophomore the previous year.
But he’s making up for lost time. The 6-foot senior guard was named Tribune Prep Athlete of the Week in voting by readers last week after putting up 27 points in the Bengals’ 76-75 double-overtime win over Lakeland.
Santana spent most of his sophomore season in 2016-17 on the junior varsity, leading that unit in scoring while waiting to be called up. The Bengals wound up placing third in the Idaho 5A state tournament.
“He competed every day with them — there’s no backing down with him,” Lewiston coach Jayson Ulrich said. “And I think that made him better.”
Santana made first-team All-5A Inland Empire League the following season, and he’s almost a lock to repeat this year. He’s averaging about 25 points, five assists and three steals a game and has committed to the NCAA Division III program at George Fox University in Oregon.
“He’s done a much better job this year of finding and getting his teammates involved,” Ulrich said. “For someone that can go off in spurts, he’s now getting it. We’re having success because of what he can do offensively, and that makes for easier shots for everybody else.”
Nominees for the latest Prep Athlete of the Week award can be found on Page 2B.