For Olivier-Maxence Prosper, the teachings and experiences aren’t only for himself as he approaches a possible shot at his dream NBA.
They’re additionally a local of Montreal to share along with his youthful sister, Cassandre, who’s embarking on a path she hopes will result in the WNBA.
“Rising up, I used to be making an attempt to be the perfect function mannequin I might be,” he instructed the Canadian Press. “All of the experiences she’s had, I am simply serving to her to be higher, in order that her expertise will be higher than mine.
“She’s my solely sibling and I and she or he is basically, actually shut, and as an older brother, I simply need to do every thing I can to assist her basketball journey be the perfect it may be and to information her via it.”
Olivier Maxence is a six-foot-eight, 230-pound small ahead for the Marquette Golden Eagles, ranked sixteenth within the NCAA Division I males’s basketball.
Cassandre, in the meantime, is a six-foot guard who lately joined the seventh-ranked Notre Dame Combating Irish workforce as a 2023 five-star recruit from the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Affiliation’s Metropolitan Courts Academy.
The 2 had been born and raised in Montreal, the kids of mom Guillen and father Gaytan, who each performed basketball on the collegiate degree within the Nineties.
Guylaine performed one 12 months of Division I basketball at Manhattan Faculty earlier than returning to compete at Concordia College, the place she was a two-time RSEQ All-Star. Gaetan additionally performed for Concordia the place he was a three-time RSEQ All-Star.
“My dad and mom lived basketball… I reside basketball, so it was cool,” mentioned Olivier-Maxence. “It is nice to have dad and mom and other people round you who play the sport as a result of it makes (rising up) simpler for me in an surroundings like this.”
Basketball was one thing that was “instilled” at a really younger age on the ages of 20 and 17.
“Truthfully, I all the time joked and mentioned I used to be brainwashed into taking part in basketball and loving basketball, nevertheless it’s cool,” Cassandre mentioned.
For Cassander, nevertheless, her brother’s affect performed a serious function in rising up.
“I believe the way in which I have a look at him, … he was an incredible participant on the sector, however the way in which he acted off the sector made him nice on the sector,” she mentioned.
“I believe what I really like about him is that he all the time understood that I used to be his little sister and regarded as much as him. So no matter he did, he did it with the intention of, ‘I’ve somebody to attempt to encourage,’ and he all the time did issues proper on the court docket.”
Marquette coach Shaka Sensible says intention performed a consider Olivier Maxence’s rookie season.
The ahead averages 14.0 factors and 4.6 rebounds per sport, each good for second on the workforce.
“O-Max has been actually profitable. He was an on a regular basis man,” Sensible mentioned. “Residing within the fitness center, doing extra, spending time with a lot of our program members, getting higher and being very centered on the areas the place he must develop and needs to develop.
“He is finished an incredible job constructing on the experiences he had throughout his first two years at college. To be an older, extra assured and mature participant this 12 months and that simply does not occur.”
Olivier Maxence was a four-star recruit from the NBA’s Latin American Academy in Mexico, the place he performed his senior 12 months alongside Indiana Pacers rookie Benedict Mathurin, additionally from Montreal. He then signed with Clemson earlier than transferring to Marquette for his sophomore season.
Previous to that, he moved to Chicago on the age of 16, the place his journey started south of the border with Lake Forest Academy. His highschool in Plainville, Kew, Lacadémie St. Therese, didn’t have a basketball workforce. He performed for the native Newbie Athletic Union workforce, the Brookwood Elite, earlier than on the lookout for a brand new problem.
“That 12 months was actually nice for me as a result of it helped me mature lots, not solely as a basketball participant, but additionally as a man who leaves residence early,” he mentioned of Lake Forest Academy. “I’ve to reside by myself and actually begin to mature and be disciplined to do issues by myself.”
Cassander additionally left Montreal and moved to Ottawa on the age of 15 to play for the Capital Courts.
There, she completed profession averaging a league-leading 25.1 factors, whereas grabbing 13.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals, and a couple of.6 blocks per sport and main the workforce to its first OSBA championship in 2022. She was additionally named a league title and Remaining 8 MVP.
For Notre Dame coach Niele Ivey, former WNBA participant and mom of Detroit Pistons rookie Jaden Ivey, Cassandre’s expertise and potential is gigantic.
“I believe her expertise modifications on the present. The longer term is shiny for us along with her right here,” Ivey mentioned. “She type of adjusts to the workforce sport, however she makes an instantaneous affect. … I believe for us, she’s going to play an enormous half in what we’re doing and that is thrilling for me.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed on January 24, 2023.
Abdel Hamid Ibrahim, The Canadian Press