FEATURE: Energy, effort, belief fuel Cuffy’s emergence for Abilene High

When Donte Cuffy elected to skip his senior football season to focus solely on basketball, it was a difficult choice. It was also a somewhat surprising one.

Football had been his primary sport growing up, and he was on his way to significant playing time for the Abilene High Eagles at defensive end last year before having his junior season cut short by a broken left foot. So his decision to give up the gridiron for the hardwood, where he was a member of the AHS junior varsity as a junior, may have seemed puzzling to some.

But with the senior season Cuffy is putting together for first-year Eagle coach Justin Reese, it’s hard to argue with the results. Averaging 10 points, eight rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 assists per game this year, the 6-foot-4 forward has been one of AHS’ most productive players.

And the energy he brings to the court each and every game has been every bit as vital to the Eagles’ success as the numbers.

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