For most college athletes, walking off the court for the final time as a senior marks the end of an athletic career and the beginning of a new journey. It can be a confusing time, with questions around every corner and answers seemingly few and far between.
With graduation looming, former Clemson University basketball player Bryan Narcisse found himself asking the same questions as many of his peers who, like Narcisse, have spent a lifetime competing at the highest levels, sometimes playing in front of huge crowds and the adoration of thousands; and other times working on their game all alone, sweating and gritting their teeth through another workout, far away from the glamour and rewards that college athletics can bring.
“What’s next?” they ask, as the ball stops bouncing and the noise of the crowd grows quieter. You can almost hear doors slamming shut as the uniform comes off.
“What will I do now?”
It didn’t take long for Narcisse to see the doors God was opening for him.
During Narcisse’s time at Clemson he played basketball all four years and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies and a double minor in Education and Athletic Leadership. He was also highly involved with the Clemson FCA Huddle during his college years. So when Narcisse was faced with those questions about his future, he did what he felt God leading him to and accepted an internship with Clemson FCA.
“I’ve been involved with FCA since my freshman year of high school and was actually saved at an FCA camp,” said Narcisse. “After I graduated and FCA Campus Director James Trapp approached me with the internship, it just seemed like a perfect fit.”
While interning with FCA, Narcisse also got the opportunity to enter the 2012 College Slam Dunk Contest, finishing in third place. And that led him to the next open door in his journey.
“After the slam dunk contest, the Harlem Globetrotters expressed interest in me and I was selected in their player draft in June,” said Narcisse. “From there, I was not only blessed with a contract offer but also the opportunity of returning for training camp in September, where I was able to learn the tricks of the trade.”
Narcisse isn’t sure what this new chapter of his life will look like or entail just yet, but he does know that he will continue to use his connections and the relationships he’s cultivated through FCA over the years to continue to grow his relationship with Jesus Christ and see where He leads him.
“I’m just enjoying the ride,” said Narcisse. “God has opened doors for me, so I’m being obedient and moving when He says ‘Go!’ and loving every minute of it!”
Photos courtesy of Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc.