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 attempting to be one of the best position mannequin I might 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 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 wish to do all the things I can to assist her basketball journey be one of the best 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 not too long ago 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 have been born and raised in Montreal, the youngsters 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 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 dad and mom lived basketball… I reside basketball, so it was cool,” stated 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 at all times joked and stated I used to be brainwashed into taking part in basketball and loving basketball, but it surely’s cool,” Cassandre stated.

For Cassander, nevertheless, her brother’s affect performed a serious position in rising up.

“I feel the best way I have a look at him, … he was an awesome participant on the sphere, however the best way he acted off the sphere made him nice on the sphere,” she stated.

“I feel what I like about him is that he at all times understood that I used to be his little sister and appeared 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 at all times did issues proper on the courtroom.”

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 stated. “Dwelling within the gymnasium, doing extra, spending time with lots of our program members, getting higher and being very centered on the areas the place he must develop and desires 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 workforce. He performed for the native Novice Athletic Union workforce, 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 lots, not solely as a basketball participant, but in addition as a man who leaves residence early,” he stated 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 pair of.6 blocks per sport and main the workforce 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 big.

“I feel her expertise modifications on the present. The longer term is brilliant for us together with her right here,” Ivey stated. “She sort of adjusts to the workforce sport, however she makes an instantaneous impression. … 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 revealed on January 24, 2023.

Abdel Hamid Ibrahim, The Canadian Press

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