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2012-13: Became eligible to play for the Crusaders in Dec. 15 game at Missouri State ... appeared in each of the final 25 games of the season, making four starts ... named Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year ... earned team's Homer W. Drew Sr. Memorial Award, awarded to the team's most improved player ... averaged 8.6 points per game, third-best on the team ... scored in double figures on nine occasions and led Valpo in scoring three times, all in his first four games as a Crusader ... shot 82.7% from the free throw line on the season ... opened Crusader career with 20 point effort in win at Missouri State Dec. 15 ... connected on three 3-pointers against the Bears and also went 9-of-10 from the foul line ... named Horizon League co-Newcomer of the Week following his impressive debut ... followed with 14 points at Oakland two nights later ... scored 19 points, including a 10-of-12 mark from the free throw line, in victory over Purdue Calumet Dec. 22 ... hit all eight of his free throw attempts in 10-point effort versus Loyola Jan. 2 ... made a mark in his return to Chicago, scoring 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including three triples, in win at UIC Jan. 9 ... scored 13 points each in league games at Youngstown State (Jan. 30) and at home against UIC (Feb. 5) ... handed out season-high five assists in win over Milwaukee Feb. 1 ... tallied 12 points in front of national TV audience in BracketBusters victory against Eastern Kentucky Feb. 23 ... named the Male Newcomer of the Year for Valpo Athletics by Valparaiso's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
South Florida: Played in nine games, including seven starting assignments, in 2011-2012 before deciding to transfer … averaged three points per game … shot 45.5 percent from three-point range … six-point, three-rebound effort against Florida Southern (Nov. 16) … scored career-high eight points in 16 minutes against Georgia Southern (Nov. 23) ... appeared in 26 games off the bench for the Bulls as a freshman ... tallied season-high seven points against Liberty (Nov. 23) … hauled in three rebounds against Texas Tech (Nov. 27) … handed out four assists against Notre Dame (Feb. 12).
Prep: A product of Edwin G. Foreman High School in Chicago … averaged 20 points, six assists and 4.8 rebounds … earned First Team All-City honors, as well as All-Conference and All-State accolades ... helped the Hornets finish 19-7 in the Chicago Public League …rated by ESPN as one of the top 50 point guards in the country ... played AAU with Illinois Heat and Chicago Elite.
Personal: LaVonte is the son of Lorenzo James and Toya Dority ... major is communication ... born October 28, 1991.