From his first balloons with the BCM, last Sunday after six months without playing, Briante Weber put his partners in the scent. The new Gravelinois leader (28 years old, 1.88 m) is a lodger and a character with communicative energy. Exuberant, but not only. ” It brings a lot of madness, the trainer, Serge Crevecoeur has fun. But he’s a very good player, with a real basketball IQ. For him, it’s simple, it’s going fast. You shouldn’t tell him things three times, not even twice. He’s a big defender and a leader, a strong, open personality. He interacts a lot with others. If there’s something where he’s not on the same page, he’s going to find them. He doesn’t let anything go. A mistake, he tries to understand. We progress twice as fast with him » «
It’s easy, it’s basketball, confirms the American. I adapt to all situations. »
“I stopped chasing my NBA dream”
At 28, the career of this unpredictable and explosive leader has already seen many. A knee injury in 2015 deprives him of draft and leads him to instability. From bouts of NBA games (47 appearances with 5 franchises) to stays in G-League, the development league, he ended up trying his luck in Europe. Two months of freelance at Olympiakos in 2019, time to discover the Euroleague then a full season with Boulogne-Levallois (12.2 pts, 3.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game), his first complete
: « I went abroad because I wanted to focus on myself, on my career. I stopped chasing my NBA dream. »
BCM jumped at the chance in mid-December to replace Cameron Wells. “
It’s a huge added valuee ”, considers the sports director Olivier Bourgain. The smile as a bonus: ” I’ve always been told to smile. And my job is basketball, I’m not behind a desk to work for someone, there is no reason to shout. »
A resolutely positive side also inherited from the tragedies that shook his childhood in Virginia, in a family of 12 children
: « We lived in a difficult neighborhood. My father did everything on foot. Once he went to get some medicine for my 2 and 3 year old brothers. A guy asked him for money, my dad said he didn’t have any. He was shot several times.
Already faced with death two years ago, with the death of one of his brothers, the 11 year old kid gets lost: ” It was hard, disturbing.
Briante Weber goes to live with her grandmother in Chesapeake, a little further east, ” a better city, with better living conditions. “And a family that is” all ” for him. Like the one he built himself with his partner and her seven-year-old son, whom he wanted to take, even if it meant complicating the visa formalities: ” I would have liked to live this kind of experience when I was a child, it allows him to see different things, especially in this world. And I’m much better off when they’re around.
BCM – CHAMPAGNE BASKET, Round of 16 of the Coupe de France, this Sunday at 5 p.m.