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 together with his youthful sister, Cassandre, who’s embarking on a path she hopes will result in the WNBA.
“Rising up, I used to be attempting to be the most effective position mannequin I could possibly be,” he advised the Canadian Press. “All of the experiences she’s had, I am simply serving to her to be higher, in order that her expertise might 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 all the things I can to assist her basketball journey be the most effective it may be and to information her by 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 Preventing 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 kids of mom Guillen and father Gaytan, who each performed basketball on the collegiate stage within the Nineteen 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 dwell basketball, so it was cool,” mentioned Olivier-Maxence. “It is nice to have dad and mom and folks 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.
“Actually, I all the time joked and mentioned I used to be brainwashed into taking part in basketball and loving basketball, but it surely’s cool,” Cassandre mentioned.
For Cassander, nevertheless, her brother’s affect performed a significant position in rising up.
“I feel the way in which I have a look at him, … he was an awesome participant on the sphere, however the way in which he acted off the sphere made him nice on the sphere,” she mentioned.
“I feel what I 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 courtroom.”
Marquette coach Shaka Good says intention performed a think about Olivier Maxence’s rookie season.
The ahead averages 14.0 factors and 4.6 rebounds per sport, each good for second on the staff.
“O-Max has been actually profitable. He was an on a regular basis man,” Good mentioned. “Dwelling within the health club, doing extra, spending time with lots of our program members, getting higher and being very targeted on the areas the place he must develop and needs to develop.
“He is carried out an awesome 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 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 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 staff. He performed for the native Newbie Athletic Union staff, the Brookwood Elite, earlier than searching 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 house early,” he mentioned of Lake Forest Academy. “I’ve to dwell alone and actually begin to mature and be disciplined to do issues alone.”
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 staff to its first OSBA championship in 2022. She was additionally named a league title and Last 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 feel her expertise modifications on the present. The longer term is vibrant for us along with her right here,” Ivey mentioned. “She sort of adjusts to the staff sport, however she makes a direct affect. … I feel 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