Published: Jan 29, 2013 07:00 PM
Modified: Jan 31, 2013 04:53 PM
In an age when many high school athletes opt to concentrate on one sport in hopes of signing with a college program, Louis Levin still plays soccer and basketball and starts for both the East Chapel Hill teams in those sports. Nicknamed
: Big Lou Number 2 by his soccer teammates. His role
: Levin is the playmaker not the go-to guy, but the man who gets the ball to the go-to guy. In soccer, he was a center-midfielder on the Wildcat soccer team that enjoyed its best season ever (17-2-2) as a 4A program and reached the state semifinals. In basketball, hes started as a point guard, averaging a healthy 3.2 assists a game. Similarities between the sports?
The passing. Ive learned from both sports, and I think Im a pretty good passer in both. Playing both has helped me to see the open people and the open spaces. The challenge is to see the open person. If not soccer or basketball:
Id play baseball. I played it a lot as a kid. Best moment in sports:
In soccer, it was when we won at Jordan (in 2011) and won the PAC-6 (Conference) for the first time. In basketball, it was when we won the conference tournament my sophomore year.
I didnt even play in that game, but it was a great win. And this season:
It would have to be the Chapel Hill win. (Levin hit a driving lay-up with two second left, his only basket of the game, to spark East to a 38-34.win Nov. 29 over CHHS. With a fraction of a second left, he fed his fourth assist of the night to Justen Best for a game-clinching jumper.) Next years plans:
The son of Robert Levin and Berta Kittner. hes not sure yet whether to attend college next semester or do a post-grad year of prep school, but hes sure he wants to continue in athletics at the next level. Pregame ritual:
Watching opponents outstanding players on YouTube. Team I love to play:
Jordan High School Favorite class at East:
Strength and conditioning. I know, I know. But thats my favorite, really. Favorite teacher:
Evon Barnes, English Lit. His favorite athlete:
Danny Green, UNC basketball player, 2005-09. Famous person met:
Dean Smiths wife when I was a kid. She said I was cute. Pick a super-power:
flying. Favorite Movie in last 12 months:
Skyfall Cant stand:
Scary movies. Favorite food
: steak and potatoes. Wishes:
eating ice cream were good for you. If I had $1 million:
Id buy a car, take the family out to dinner, and wed figure out what to do with the rest. Pick anyone, ever, to join at dinner:
Grandfather, Harry Kittner. He dies just last fall and I wish I could see him again. Biggest fan:
My grandfather, Harry Levin. He comes to all my games. (Yes, Harry. We just called my grandfathers The Harries.) Cant live without:
My family. How to pronounce Levin:
Ive got relatives who pronounce it lah-VEHN and some who pronounce it lah-VEEN. We say LEH-vehn. People dont know:
I love old TV. I watch Adam-12 and Dragnet all the time. I grew up with Andy Griffith, I Love Lucy and Leave It To Beaver.
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