After dropping out of high school in the 9th grade, Brian Addison remained loyal to his dreams of someday playing Division 1 basketball.
Brian Addison fell in love with the game of basketball at age 7 after being introduced to the sport by his father who was a standout player at both John Adams High School in Queens, New York, as well as West Texas State University. Influenced by his father on and off the court, Addison knew he had to make better decisions. Watching his peers play basketball and hearing people tell him he was wasting his talent encouraged Addison to begin going above and beyond what others expected of him.
After dominating in a basketball tournament in Far Rockaway Queens, Addison was approached by a coach who stated, “If you can get your GED, I will help you with your goals of playing Division 1 basketball.” Addison agreed and listened to everything the coach told him during this time, eventually leading him to accomplishing his goals and playing for the University of Buffalo.
Addison has now been playing professional basketball for two years, including teams in Portugal and Slovakia/Czech Republic. Within these two years, Addison has already won the Portuguese Cup, has led Portugal in scoring with 18.5PPG and has won the “Regular Season Champs” title in Slovakia.
Although Addison’s life worked out for the better, there were many times he wanted to quit; however, he always looks at how far he has come instead of how far he has to go. “Basketball has definitely helped me as a person. I’ve earned two degrees, I’ve traveled the world, I’ve meet different people and I’ve had the opportunity to experience many different cultures. Honestly, if it wasn’t for basketball, I’d probably be dead or in jail.”
Today, Addison makes sure he talks to youth to give them the guidance and encouragement he sometimes lacked. “I think it is very important to speak to the youth because they can easily get misguided and make the wrong decisions like I did. I’m a believer in writing goals down and trying your best to achieve them.”
No matter what he’s going through, good or bad, Addison seeks the game as his sanctuary and peace of mind. Motivated by his son, family, neighborhood and overall competitive nature, Addison continues to dream big, hoping to one day play on the highest level in Europe or even the NBA.
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, figure out how to climb it, go through it or go around it.” – Brian Addison
Written by Erica Wright
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