Former Moffat County athlete Javen Gumber commits to Air Force Academy |

Former Moffat County athlete Javen Gumber commits to Air Force Academy

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Javen Gumber goes to the hoop for a dunk during a game between his Fruita Monument basketball team and Durango. Gumber, who previously played for Moffat County High School, recently committed to the Air Force Academy.
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During the summer after his sophomore year, and again this summer, Fruita Monument High School basketball player Javen Gumber drew recruiting interest with his mix of size and athleticism playing club basketball for Denver-based Next Level Premier.

Even during the half-season the 6-foot-7 junior forward played for the Wildcats after joining to Fruita Monument for the 2014-15 school year, he led the team in scoring (13.1) and rebounds (7.6) per game.

In June, Gumber made his college choice official, committing to the Air Force Academy.

The Falcons finished 14-17 last season, and they last qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2006.

Gumber said he liked the prestige and discipline associated with the Air Force Academy.

“I just like the tradition at the school,” Gumber said. “That intrigued me. The history of the Air Force Academy, it’s high-class presence, almost. If you say you go to the Air Force Academy, then people know where that’s at and what they’re about right away.”

Gumber played two years of varsity basketball for Moffat County High School in Craig, then moved after his sophomore season. Gumber made an immediate impact for the Wildcats. Fruita Monument was 1-10 for the first half of the season, when Gumber was sitting out in compliance with Colorado High School Activity Association rules. When he could play, the Wildcats posted a 5-7 record for the rest of the season.

Gumber, on top of his size and athleticism, became a leader for the team.

Fruita Monument coach Billy Dreher said he’s excited to see Gumber accomplish a goal.

“The ultimate goal, in this profession, is helping kids,” Dreher said. “Everybody has different goals and ambitions, and to see a kid work hard to obtain that goal is very rewarding. That’s great.”

Gumber said he will attend United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School during his first year in Colorado Springs, and he will determine what he wants to study after that year.

He added his personality fits with the Air Force Academy and head coach Dave Pilipovich.

“I’ve met the coaches a few times, and they really seem like they would motivate me,” Gumber said. “I like that for myself. I like to be motivated, and they’ll keep you disciplined. They have to, with the rules and standards at the Air Force Academy.”

According to a report by, Gumber is one of only four boys basketball players in Colorado to commit to a college before beginning his senior year as part of the Class of 2016.

Gumber said he was honored to be among such top prospects going into his final year of high school hoops.

“Now that I’ve committed, I can focus on still improving myself and hopefully bringing some of that to my team and trying to win a district championship,” he said.

Craig Daily Press reporter Andy Bockelman also contributed to this article.

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