DeVaughn Mallory leading the way for streaking Jefferson University

Matt Leon
February 15, 2019 - 12:21 pm
Junior forward DeVaughn Mallory

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Division II Jefferson University men's basketball team is red hot.

The Rams won their 12th in a row on Wednesday night, beating visiting Goldey-Beacom at the Gallagher Center, 85-69 to improve to 17-6 overall and they lead the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference's South Division with a 12-2 league mark.

In the win, the Rams got 22 points and 14 rebounds from DeVaughn Mallory as he continues to make his case for conference player of the year. That double-double was the tenth of the season for Mallory, who has started all 23 games for Jefferson. The 6'7" junior forward is averaging 17.2 points and 9.4 rebounds a game while shooting 56 percent from the field and 84 percent from the line.

"He's terrific," says Jefferson's Hall of Fame head coach Herb Magee. "He's consistent, he doesn't take bad shots. If it's an open jumper he usually hits it. He's a great foul shooter, terrific rebounder. He's got the whole package. He's really a good basketball player."

Mallory actually started his college career at Division I Delaware State before transferring to Jefferson prior to last season.

"He was doing well last year in preseason," Magee said. "Had like 20 against West Chester in one scrimmage and tore his labrum, then he was out for the whole year. You could see, at the end of the year when we do individual workouts, his skill level. We knew he could shoot, but we were amazed how good a shooter he is."

Mallory's game is smooth and consistently getting better. He averaged 14.3 points during the season first eleven games, but during this 12-game winning streak, that scoring average is 19.9. Eight of his ten double-doubles have been during the streak and Mallory has shot 70% or better from the field in four of his last nine games.

"Beginning of the season I had to find my spot on the team because last year I redshirted," Mallory said. "But ever since like the beginning of the season, my teammates have just believed in me, said that I could be the main factor for this team and they believe in me a lot."

Those impressive shooting percentages aren't because he spends all his time near the basket either. He says his perimeter game has grown and his range has expanded.

"Because before I was more of a post player and just close range," he said. "Like I said, my teammates believe in me to do different things so I've just expanded my range."

Mallory discusses why he chose Jefferson after deciding to transfer.

"For one is the academics," he said. "Because they had my major for athletic training. And everyone told me Coach Magee was a great coach and that the team was young and that I could really build off it and help lead them."

He will look to continue to lead the Rams on Saturday when Jefferson visits Concordia.

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