When Myles Pierre takes the basketball court, he always carries extra motivation.
Myles constantly thinks about his father, Louis Pierre – whether Myles is getting in an early morning workout before school, at practice with his Carmel Christian or CP3 AAU All-Star teams, at a game, or on a recruiting trip.
Louis Pierre has been battling kidney failure for four years and is on a waiting list to receive a transplant. The Pierre family has been through some extremely tough times, but basketball has remained a special bond between father and son.
“Just thinking about what my dad goes through to get through his everyday life motivates me to work harder on my game,” Pierre said. “Knowing what he has been through makes me appreciate everything I am able to do even that much more. I take everything he tells me very seriously. … He tells me that I can be the best. I believe it, because he says it.”
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Pierre is eager to live up to the high standard of basketball set by his family. Myles has benefited from his father’s tutelage, his grandfather, Leroy Wright, and his uncles, Stanley and Jimmy Wright.
Leroy Wright starred at Pacific University before going onto to play for the American Basketball Association champion, Pittsburgh Pipers. He also was drafted by the Boston Celtics, but never played in the NBA.
Stanley Wright played at the University of Rhode Island before also being drafted by the Boston Celtics. \
Jimmy Wright played college basketball at Rhode Island and was drafted by the New York Knicks, before playing professionally primarily in Europe.
Myles, 16, is a freshman on the Carmel Christian basketball team. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound shooting guard leads his team averaging 15.5 points per game.
He proved himself from the start, scoring 25 points in his first high school basketball game, a win over Westminster Catawba. He scored all 25 points in the second half.
“To play well in my first high school game gave me a lot of confidence going forward,” Pierre said. “It felt good to see that all the work I had done in the offseason was paying off. My teammates were a big part of my success, they got me the ball in great spots. …
“But it was just one half, one game. I have a lot of work to do.”
“I remember hearing a lot about Myles before I really had seen him play, people would say ‘Myles Pierre this and Myles Pierre that’,” said Carmel Christian basketball coach, Joshua Coley. “You hear about middle school players a lot and you never really know until you see them play. The first time I saw Myles, his size really stood out, he already looked like a grown man. Then, when I saw him play in some open gyms, I knew we had a special player.”
Pierre has continued to improve his game this season for a veteran, Carmel Christian team as he has five games of 20-plus points, including a career-high 29 points against Grace Christian and 28 points in a recent win over United Faith.
While Pierre is excited about his play, he is all about his team’s success.
Carmel Christian (15-9, 9-0 as of Jan. 25) is off to their best start ever as the Cougars look to win their first NCISAA Southern Piedmont conference title and make the (NCISAA 2A) state playoffs for the first time in school history.
Pierre is a part of a talented starting lineup, including: sophomore guards, Rafael Jenkins (9 ppg), Brett Swilling (10 ppg), junior wing, Zach Prevette and 6-foot-10, senior center, Mac Brydon (9 ppg, 8 rpg). Senior Roland Whitley III, junior Jon Bryan and freshman, Sam Wolfe, are key off the bench.
“Basketball is all about winning and my main focus in every game is to do whatever it takes to win,” Pierre said. “People don’t remember how many points you scored, they remember people who win championships.”
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer: email@example.com.