Before he entered high school, Mitch DeZort showcased himself has one of the next rising stars in the WPIAL.
DeZort -- who finished his career as one of the top basketball player in Highlands High School history -- began his stardom as an eighth grader at the National AAU tournament. In that tournament in Cleveland, DeZort won the National 3-Point Shooting Contest. He was also named MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge between Pennsylvania and Ohio with 29 points.
DeZort began his high school career at Central Catholic, where he was a part of the undefeated football team.
At Highlands, he broke the single season sack record his junior year with 15, and came four tackles shy of the school record.
As stellar as he was as a football player, he was an even better basketball player. In his junior season, he led Highlands to the PIAA quarterfinals. That is the furthest the school has ever made it.
In his senior season, he averaged 22.5 points per game and two assists per game. He was named the AK Player of the Year and was awarded as the recipient of the C.J. Betters Student-Athlete Scholarship Award. On May 20, he will be inducted into the AK Valley Sports Hall of Fame.
DeZort improved his shooting touch over the years from his coach and friend, Micah Mason. Mason is a former Highlands and Duquesne basketball standout.
Now DeZort will take his accolades and look to earn new ones at Washington & Jefferson College.