HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Du’Vaughn Maxwell is a highlight waiting to happen. In fact, since first putting on the Pirates’ uniform almost two seasons ago, Maxwell has earned the nickname “Mad Max” among some of his teammates.
The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Maxwell leads Hampton in scoring, and is never shy to show off his dunking abilities.
“To see the opponents’ faces after you dunk, it’s like (they’re saying), ‘Oh, you let him dunk again,’ or ‘Oh, he just did that.’ I like that feeling more than anything else,” said Maxwell with a smile.
His coach never minds seeing Maxwell glide through the air, and actually wishes he would see more of it. “You know what, I think he loves the jump shot more than he likes the dunk,” said Hampton Head Coach Edward Joyner, “I’d like to see him dunk a little bit more.”
Maxwell took the long road to Hampton University, starting off at High Point University in North Carolina and then transferring to Western Nebraska Community College for his sophomore year. Now a senior for the Pirates, Maxwell is averaging 14.2 points a game, and is also the guy his teammates look to and follow.
“He’s evolved now into…our senior leader and is now the backbone of our team,” said Joyner.
Maxwell is hopeful he will play professional basketball, but is also aiming a prize much higher than the rim. “I have nothing to show for it; no rings…no championships, nothing like that,” said Maxwell, “It wouldn’t feel right leaving Hampton without a (championship) ring.”