January 23, 2009
In the Limelight
Guard succeeds on and off court
Junior guard Bryan Majors has excelled at being a top asset for the Susquehanna men's basketball team, leading the Crusaders with 72 assists and 42 steals thus far in the 2008-09 season.
"I believe in working hard or not working at all," said Majors. "As a child, my parents always told me and my three older brothers that in order to be the best we had to work at being the best."
As an elementary education major, Majors has also worked as hard for academic excellence as he has on the court.
"I always had a thing for good grades because my parents told us that we had to have them in order for us to play sports as children, and that mentality just stuck with me and my brothers," said Majors.
Majors said he felt that it was because of his upbringing that he was able to succeed and accomplish everything that he has ever put his heart and soul in.
"My father encouraged our work ethic in the classroom and he rewarded us based on our achievements," said Majors. "I remember one time during elementary school, he told us that if we all received first honors he would get us new Jordan sneakers. Well, that definitely sparked a flame because when that next report card came we all had straight A's."
Although Majors is now an adult, his childhood lessons still influence him in his daily life. Professors, friends, coaches and teammates at Susquehanna noticed the uniqueness and work ethic of Majors that have captivated Susquehanna since his freshman year.
"Bryan is just an amazing person. Bryan and Erich [who plays football for the Crusaders] both are just a pair of unique, hard-working, talented brothers," said football player Justin Young.
Majors' work ethic was recognized by the Susquehanna campus during the 2006-07 season when he was named rookie of the year. Majors' unique style of play and ambitious personality turned him into one of Susquehanna's fine student-athletes.
"This school is great. It's allowed me to grow and mature athletically and academically," said Majors. "There was a point in time when I was confused about whether or not I had made the right decision by coming here, but the people here are great, especially President Lemons, and besides I'm here with my twin brother Erich."
Although Majors has never been one of Susquehanna's top offensive threats, his leadership skills, ball handling and passing ability on the offensive end, coupled with his tenacious defense on opposing point guards has been a clear catalyst for Crusader victories. This season, Majors is the Landmark Conference leader in assists and steals with 4.8 and 2.8 per game, respectively.
"After losing my father recently, I work even harder at what I do because I am still going to make him proud of me, especially since I know that he is watching over me every step of the way," said Majors.
"Life only goes on from here and I have to keep on moving in order to accomplish my dreams," he said. "I know that I am truly blessed to have good people surrounding me and that is my motivation."
With support and guidance from men's head coach Frank Marcinek, Majors has still been able to keep his head and lead the Crusaders on the hardwood floor. "Coach and I get along very well. Over the past few months our relationship has really grown because we relate in many ways and we are both big on respect," said Majors.
Majors' has earned the respect of his peers and his teammates alike. The exciting play he has displayed in his three seasons as Susquehanna's starting point guard, coupled with the dedication shown not only on the court but in the classroom as well, make this athlete worth remembering.
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