Olivier Maxence Prosper is having a great year while helping star Sister Cassander

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 making an attempt to be the very best function mannequin I could possibly be,” he informed the Canadian Press. “All of the experiences she’s had, I am simply serving to her to be higher, in order that her expertise could be higher than mine.

“She’s my solely sibling and I and he or she is absolutely, actually shut, and as an older brother, I simply wish to do every part I can to assist her basketball journey be the very 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 just lately joined the seventh-ranked Notre Dame Preventing Irish crew as a 2023 five-star recruit from the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Affiliation’s Metropolitan Courts Academy.

The 2 have been born and raised in Montreal, the youngsters of mom Guillen and father Gaytan, who each performed basketball on the collegiate stage within the Nineties.

Guylaine performed one 12 months of Division I basketball at Manhattan School 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.

“Truthfully, I all the time joked and mentioned I used to be brainwashed into enjoying basketball and loving basketball, but it surely’s cool,” Cassandre mentioned.

For Cassander, nonetheless, her brother’s affect performed a serious function in rising up.

“I believe the way in which I take a look at him, … he was an ideal 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 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 court docket.”

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 recreation, each good for second on the crew.

“O-Max has been actually profitable. He was an on a regular basis man,” Good mentioned. “Residing within the health club, 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 desires to develop.

“He is executed an ideal 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 crew. He performed for the native Beginner Athletic Union crew, the Brookwood Elite, earlier than in search of a brand new problem.

“That 12 months was actually nice for me as a result of it helped me mature rather a lot, not solely as a basketball participant, but additionally as a man who leaves dwelling 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 crew to its first OSBA championship in 2022. She was additionally named a league title and Closing 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 adjustments on the present. The longer term is brilliant for us along with her right here,” Ivey mentioned. “She type of adjusts to the crew recreation, 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

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