St. Lucian basketball player goes pro!

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St. Lucian basketball player goes pro!
Aloysius Henry
Aloysius Henry

Below is an article from the blog of Arnold Henry about his brother’s advancement to professional basketball. His brother Aloysius Henry attended Bocage Secondary School in St. Lucia. The brothers are from Bishop’s Gap in Marchand, Castries. The headline of the original article is “My Brother is Living Our Dream”. Arnold was a great basketball player. He is the first St. Lucian to achieve a full basketball scholarship and to play at the NCAA Division I level as a freshman. Now his brother Aloysius has achieved that and more!

What better way to celebrate your 26th birthday than to live to witness your dream coming true? On his birthday, September 23, 2014, my brother, Aloysius Henry was geared up in his first professional basketball uniform—living the dream—our dream—as a professional basketball player.

When I asked my brother how he felt to be playing at a professional level, he replied, “I felt so emotional because I couldn’t believe this was happening.” I related to his emotions as I watched and understood the roadblocks that he faced on his journey to fulfilling his dream. In the basketball world, some might say that I paved the way for him to pursue the game, but in fact, my younger brother has always been one of my true inspirations.

In 2010, after completing two years at Three Rivers Community College of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, my brother became the fourth Saint Lucian to play basketball at the NCAA Division One level. Two years later, he graduated at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). The majority of college basketball players ultimate goal is to someday play in the NBA, however on June 25, 2012, my brother went undrafted in the NBA Draft making him an unrestricted free agent. That did not stop him from pushing forward. He continued to persevere. I remembered the conversation we had on the day he told me that he had four teams of the NBA Development League interested in him. I was so thrilled; as if I was the one about to get signed. A few days before the NBA D-League draft, he was advised that he couldn’t enter the draft due to immigration issues. I felt crushed.

“So, what’s next? Are you out of the game?” I asked him. Judging by his response I was convinced that he would never touch a basketball again. What a waste of 6-feet-10-inches, I thought to myself. To be honest, I was disappointed in his decision because I knew for a fact that he should be playing at the pro level. As the older brother, I wanted to put the pressure on him so that he wouldn’t give up so easily. I respected his wishes when he told me that he wanted to focus on his family. That was a grown man move.

“Bro, why you’re going to New York?” I asked him over Whatsapp on September 7, 2014.

“I’m going to get my visa and going overseas to hoop.”

“What? Where?”

“Estonia.”

“No way! When did that happen? You never told me anything.”

Wow! What a surprise. I wasn’t expecting that in a million years.

Even though my brother and I lived in two completely different cities and I hadn’t seen him since my graduation of May, 2009, we’ve kept in touch via social media networks. It has been over two years since my brother has played any competitive, organized basketball. Over these years, I’ve watched him develop himself into a man. He is now married to Whitney who is also the mother of his first son, Elijah Marvin Henry—a beautiful family of three. I thought he was living life after basketball like an average, working, family man who had put family first. I also remembered he mentioned that he was venturing into opening a basketball academy for kids.

“How did you keep yourself motivated to fulfil your dream in the past two years?” I asked him.

“My son and my wife,” he answered.

“How did you get that basketball contract?”

“Because of the head coach, Heiko Rannula. He reached out to me on Facebook three years ago and been connected since,” he said.

“Why you didn’t take the contract back then?”

“Because of Elijah and I had passport issues.”

I am proud to say that my brother, Aloysius Henry is signed to KK Pärnu, a professional basketball team of Estonia. Seeing my brother living his dream feels like I just achieved my dream too. I look up to my brother. This is just the beginning…

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://www.arnoldhenry.com/blog/91-my-brother-is-living-our-dream.html 

 

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  1. congrates job well done...i too will keep on following my dreams with god, hard work and determination everything is possible...once again congratulations...

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  2. God has a plan for all of us.
    Congrats. Nice to see Aloy following in his brother's footsteps. I read Arnold's book and know the roadblocks he faced. It's double pleasure to see your sibling take off where you left off. Also nice to see Aloy with stong family values. He will go far.

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  3. This is a true roll model to persons who dream big. When you are challenged and obsticules gets in your way you never give up. your moment of glory has made all of us proud, you are a true motivational figure for young persons especially in the Caribbean.

    Be strong we will forever keep you in our prayers

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  4. Am so proud of my. Little bro but it wasn't ez for him he had it hard with lots of tears.his the strongest and most loving person i no..congrats my little man

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  5. Great Job man.... congratulations . I don't know you personally but you make me proud being a Lucian. God blessings with you all the way.

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      • That is nice you corrected but why do you have to be so SARCASTIC! No point in correcting if you have to be that way. Well done to all members of the Henry family! That is some great news right there!

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  6. I am remember those two boys from Bishop's Gap back in the day! Congratulations I will surely past on the great news to all. Keep achieving your dreams.

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  7. congrats to the young man. all the best to him. I hope he remains humble cuz is brother is very cocky and full of himself. every day he posts things 24/7 like ppl care what he posts. his whole life is an OPEN FACE BOOK. Jeez man!

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  8. Another St Lucian doing well, it feels proud to be a Lucian right now. But lets face the reality if that young man did not get that opportunity to travel to the USA, what he would have been today in St Lucia.... it sad. Good Job! young man and bravo to your parents for giving you that opportunity other could only dream about.

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  9. Excellent!! Who cares if it ain't the NBA, this is truly positive news from an island which has had so many depressing and sad headlines on this website. I wish him all the best and may he be the best of the best, enjoy it to the fullest and provide for his family. Well done young man!

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  10. Couldnt have been said any better... I am so proud of you both having grown up and achieving your'll dreams God bless

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