SVHS versus Appalachian

Actually, it’s former South View standout and Duke starting point guard Jeff Capel versus my alma mater. Capel is the head men’s basketball coach at Virginia Commonwealth. His team tips off against the Mountaineers Monday at 7:30 p.m. here in Boone.

His bio is a great read:

The name Jeff Capel will always be recognizable in college basketball. What’s less of a certainty is for which role NCAA fans will remember him. …

Capel was named an assistant coach for the 2005 USA Men’s World University Games Team, joining Manhattan head coach Bobby Gonzalez in assisting Villanova head coach Jay Wright. The United State won the gold medal in Izmir, Turkey, in August. …

At 27 years old, Capel became the youngest head coach in Division I men’s college basketball after being promoted from assistant in 2002. After leading the Rams to a 12-6 CAA record and a No. 2 seed in the CAA Tournament, he was selected as the CoSIDA Coach of the Year for the State of Virginia. The team’s 18 wins tied Capel for the most victories by a first-year head coach in VCU history. …

As a point guard at South View High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Capel set school career records in points (2,066), rebounds (668) and assists (663). As a senior in 1993, he averaged 23.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game, guiding South View to a 31-1 record and a state championship.

Capel’s father, Jeff Capel Jr., currently serves as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA. A former college coach, he spent eight years as head coach at Old Dominion. Capel’s brother, Jason, played basketball for North Carolina.

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