Turks and Caicos Islands native Levard Missick Jr. epitomizes the concept of a student athlete. Missick who attended H.J Robinson High School, transferred to the United States to pursue his basketball dreams and is now making tremendous progress.
Currently Mr. Missick is playing High School Basketball in Kentucky, for Pike County Central High School where he is leading his team to a current record of 19 wins and 5 losses in this 2017 – 18 season. As Team Captain, he is an all-around player and is tasked nightly to “Bring the Energy”. The 6’ 7” Missick recently made the headlines in Kentucky by grabbing 30 rebounds in a single game and also scored 16 points in a 73 – 65 win over Johnson Central High School. According to the record books, the last time a player grabbed 30 rebounds in a single game in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association was in 2006.
Levard Jr. however, does more than grab rebounds and score double digits, he is also a winner in the classroom. With an outstanding 3.6 GPA (equivalent to a 90% average), Missick is focused, determined and equipped to succeed on and off the basketball court.
When asked what motivates him to do well in the classroom, Missick stated: “Knowing that I have to do well academically in order to play and also to make my family proud.”
Well, Missick has made more than his family proud, he has made his country proud. The new Director of Sports, Mr. Jarrett Forbes stated that he is aware of the talent that Missick has as he saw firsthand the substantial role Missick played in leading the TCI Rising Stars basketball club to a second-place finish in the Puerto Rico International Basketball Tournament in July of 2017.
Mr. Forbes also acknowledged that Missick is a leader and a great example of the concept of a student athlete. Going forward Mr. Forbes aims to set standards in sports across the board that will develop tremendous athletes in the TCI with exemplary character while promoting academic achievement and a healthy lifestyle.
The Department of Sports would like to say to Levard Missick Jr. to continue to do well in basketball and in the classroom and continue to make the necessary sacrifices and commitments that lead to greatness.