The story is all too common.
Quits playing high school sports.
Drops out of school.
This is where this story changes from the typical.
Brian Sylvester, a 6’8” specimen of a man from Breaux Bridge, did not play basketball in high school. He did play AAU basketball for the Louisiana Spurs. He did play adult league basketball.
And one night he caught the eye of coach Scotty Borel, a man that has been a blessing and mentor to many young kids from St. Martin Parish. Borel put out his feelers for opportunities at the next level for Sylvester. There were several options, but some long hard work off the court would have to be put in by Sylvester.
“If I can get you in a college, would you be interested,” Baton Rouge Community College recruiting coach Jamal McKnight asked.
Sylvester started working on and received his GED in 2012.
The 6’8” forward signed up for a college showcase and signed a scholarship the next day. He red shirted his first year and got his grades up and was a top performer for the Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) Bears as a red shirt freshman averaging 11 ppg, 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
“My mom Sonya, my little girl Aubrey, and my girlfriend have helped me to become more focused and driven, now it’s not just about me. Coming into a new program with coach Cordaro who is so big on academics has really helped me.”
Sylvester transferred to LSUA, coached by Larry Cordaro, and continued his dominance on the court recording 11 ppg, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game as a sophomore and 13 ppg, 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots last year as junior.
“His energy with his shot blocking ability and his length and athleticism brings a different dynamic to us offensively,” stated Cordaro. “His maturity on and off the court is infectious and we believe with hard work and improvement in his game he can play professionally, but most of all we hope he goes on to be a successful young man in life and continues to be a positive role model for his daughter. Brian has been great for LSUA basketball and will leave as one of the most decorated players in the program’s history.”
The LSUA Generals will open their season in New Orleans against Loyola on October 29 and Sylvester will be looked upon for his senior leadership to guide the team to a successful season.
Photos submitted by LSUA Alexandria Sports Information Dept