Devin Mosley heard what was being said about the Culpeper boys basketball team before the season began, and it didn’t sit well with him.
“Everyone was saying that because we lost so many players to [graduation] from last year’s team, that we were going to be hurting,” Mosley said. “I felt like that was disrespectful to those of us who were still here.”
Culpeper graduated first-team all-Region 3B performer DaiJordan Brown (Lynchburg College), a 1,000-point career scorer who averaged 16 points and 10 assists a game last year. Elijah Nelson, Chris Simmons and Jake Shewbridge also graduated as well after receiving various all-region honors.
With that talented quartet gone, Mosley took it upon himself to step up for the Blue Devils this season. The senior guard averaged 20 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals per game to lead Culpeper (18-8) to its first state tournament berth since 2011.
For his efforts, Mosley was named to the Class 3 all-state team earlier this week, as voted on by coaches throughout the state.
“It feels good,” said Mosley, who was a second-team all-region selection as a junior. “I kind’ve cried when I found out because it’s always been a goal of mine, since I was a little kid, to make all-state and have my name on the wall in our gym. Now that dream is real.”
Veteran Culpeper head coach James Thompson, who’s compiled a record of 201-90 in 12 seasons at the helm, said Mosley will be the fifth player during his tenure at the school to receive all-state recognition. Josh Majors (2012), Nik Stewart (2013), Henry Butler (2014) and Luther Gibbs (2016) all previously received the honors.
“[Mosley] saw how those guys handled their business,” Thompson said. “It set the blueprint for success after they all advanced and went on to play at the next level.”
Mosley scored in double figures in 22 games this year, registering 20 or more points 13 times and eclipsing the 30-point plateau on three occasions. After leading the Blue Devils to a share of the Northwestern District crown for a second consecutive season, he went on to average 25 points per contest in the Region 3B tournament, helping Culpeper to wins over Thomas Jefferson-Richmond and Manassas Park to punch their ticket to the state tournament.
“We felt like we had something to prove,” Mosley said. “It wasn’t just me—a lot of guys helped get us that far. Nazier McDonald, Dejour McCray and Will Jamison, to name a few, all stepped up for us. To be able to make it as far as we did, I’m speechless.”
Thompson noted that several Division III colleges and universities have shown interest in Mosley, and he’ll be taking his first official visit to one of them on Friday.
“We’re not going to name any schools just yet,” Thompson said. “But I think Devin will be going on several more visits between now and spring break. Schools like that he’s an efficient scorer, a pass-first player and, most importantly, a winner. He plays the game unselfishly and doesn’t chase statistics, and coaches like that a lot.”
As Mosley eagerly awaits his future, he says there’s one thing he’ll miss the most about playing at Culpeper.
“I’ll miss the atmosphere before games in the locker room with my teammates,” he said. “There’s nothing like the camaraderie you have with your brothers.”