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 one of the best 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 absolutely, actually shut, and as an older brother, I simply need to do all the pieces I can to assist her basketball journey be one of the best it may be and to information her by way of 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 not too long ago joined the seventh-ranked Notre Dame Combating Irish staff 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 youngsters of mom Guillen and father Gaytan, who each performed basketball on the collegiate degree within the Nineteen Nineties.
Guylaine performed one yr 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 mother and father lived basketball… I stay basketball, so it was cool,” mentioned Olivier-Maxence. “It is nice to have mother and father and other people round you who play the sport as a result of it makes (rising up) simpler for me in an setting like this.”
Basketball was one thing that was “instilled” at a really younger age on the ages of 20 and 17.
“Actually, I all the time joked and mentioned I used to be brainwashed into taking part in basketball and loving basketball, however it’s cool,” Cassandre mentioned.
For Cassander, nonetheless, her brother’s affect performed a serious function in rising up.
“I believe the best way I have a look at him, … he was an excellent participant on the sphere, however the best way he acted off the sphere made him nice on the sphere,” 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 seemed 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 courtroom.”
Marquette coach Shaka Sensible says intention performed a think about Olivier Maxence’s rookie season.
The ahead averages 14.0 factors and 4.6 rebounds per recreation, each good for second on the staff.
“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 targeted on the areas the place he must develop and desires to develop.
“He is accomplished an excellent job constructing on the experiences he had throughout his first two years at college. To be an older, extra assured and mature participant this yr and that simply would not occur.”
Olivier Maxence was a four-star recruit from the NBA’s Latin American Academy in Mexico, the place he performed his senior yr 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 staff. He performed for the native Novice Athletic Union staff, the Brookwood Elite, earlier than in search of a brand new problem.
“That yr was actually nice for me as a result of it helped me mature quite a bit, not solely as a basketball participant, but additionally as a man who leaves house early,” he mentioned of Lake Forest Academy. “I’ve to stay 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 recreation and main the staff 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 long run is vibrant for us along with her right here,” Ivey mentioned. “She type of adjusts to the staff recreation, however she makes an instantaneous impression. … 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