Difference Makers: Brighton's Travis Devashrayee
Athletics • Travis Devashrayee's high-energy play helped push Brighton High School to the Class 5A state basketball semifinals, earning second-team all-state selections his junior and senior years. Devashrayee, a 6-foot-5 forward, averaged 12.3 points per game as a captain for coach Jeff Gardner's team this season. The Academic All-Stater graduated with a 4.0 GPA and will leave for an LDS Church mission in Uruguay in July. When he returns, he will play for Westminster. "Travis was one of our top high school recruiting targets this season, and we feel very fortunate to have received a commitment from him before he leaves on a mission," Westminster coach Adam Hiatt said. "He has one of the best motors I have seen from a young player, reminiscent of one of our program's best players, Nick Booth. He grabs almost every rebound and has the athleticism to be a great mismatch on a nightly basis."
Making a difference • Devashrayee, an Eagle Scout, was a peer tutor at Brighton and a member of the National Honor Society. He volunteered time at soup kitchens, a community garden and the Utah Food Bank. He also organized an effort to collect formal wear, specifically ties and leggings, for students at an alternative school in the Salt Lake Valley. "He's been a part of so many different friend circles because everybody respects him and looks up to him because of who he is," his mother, Lisa Devashrayee, said.
He says • "I was able to walk through the school and talk to some of the kids. They were just way excited about it, just having nice stuff to put on. It was just a really cool feeling to see how excited they were about simple things like a tie."