CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - The highest scoring player in the state of Virginia doesn't play at a high school powerhouse. He plays at a school of 150 students, with just 50 in the high school. But he's still making noise as one of the highest scoring juniors in the country.
Evangel Christian's Dakotah Jongebloed is averaging 34.5 points per game, almost five points more than anyone else in the state. In a little over two years, Jongebloed has all ready scored 2,000 points. The humble Jongebloed won't take credit for his greatness, instead points to the family-like atmosphere at Evangel, his father who played in the NBA, and a tragedy from his past that still pushes him today.
Jongebloed grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, then moved to Powhatan as an eighth grader. He played varsity basketball, and one of teammates and best friends was shot down in his car. In 2008, Taliek Taliaferro was killed after an argument with Joey Parrish. Both Parrish and his cousin Ethan are both in prison after being found guilty of manslaughter.
Jongebloed says that he was with Taliaferro just a half hour before the shooting, and almost stayed with him that afternoon.
Before the start of the next season, the Jongebloed family moved to Chester, just down the road from Evangel Christian School. Dakotah's father Bill played basketball at the University of Florida, and spent a short time in the NBA. He joined the Eagles coaching staff, and Dakotah's game has grown exponentially.
But he's not only improved as a player. Evangel prides itself in having great academics, and Jongebloed has seen his grades go from D's to A's and B's.
Jongebloed has had numerous Division 1 programs call him and come and watch him, but he has not received any offers yet. He says that Wake Forest has been in touch with him since he was a seventh grader, and that's where he hopes he'll play one day.
But as for now, Jongebloed is hoping to lead Evangel to a title.
"Whether I'm scoring 40 or 10," said Jongebloed. "I just want to win. I just want a state championship."