TOWSON, Md. - The Landmark Conference has produced talented student-athletes, and is proud of its alumni. Celebrating the 10th year anniversary as a conference, the Landmark is catching up with some of its alumni, and will be featured each month in the "Landmark Rewind." This week the conference catches up with Bryson Fonville '16, two-time Landmark champion and former men's basketball student-athlete at The Catholic University of America.
Fonville was drafted by the Texas Legends in the fifth round of the NBDL Draft. The Legends are an affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks.
Q. Why did you choose The Catholic University of America?
I chose to attend Catholic University because it allowed me to not only have a chance to get a great education, but also the opportunity to play basketball and enjoy the perks of living in Washington, DC.
Q. What did you study at Catholic?
I studied Business Management.
Q. When was the last time you were back on campus? What are some of the biggest changes you have noticed?
I was at Catholic this last October for homecoming. I noticed the new turf at the stadium, but the biggest difference for me was the loss of longtime equipment director Franny Murray, who passed away last year after working for Catholic for 70 years. He was always the basketball team's biggest supporter and I played every game on the court in the Dufour Center that is named after him. For him to no longer be with us was a big change.
Q. How did you get started competing in basketball?
I started playing when I was very young and was just always in the gym. My older sister decided she wanted to play basketball, so I always had a ball in my hand during her practices and games.
Q. What is your favorite memory as a student-athlete?
Definitely the two Landmark Conference Championship games I won while at Catholic. There is no better feeling than climbing the ladder after the game to go cut the nets.
Q. What are some of the lessons you learned as an athlete that you think have helped you succeed in life after college?
I think it would be to always try to stay at an even level...not too high, not too low. Things could always be worse, and you can always find something to get better at. Everything in life is a process.
Q. What do you do for a living?
I am proud to say that I am a professional basketball player. The Dallas Mavericks' affiliate, the Texas Legends, drafted me in the fifth round of the NBDL Draft.
Q. What do you like most about what you do?
I love everything about it. I get paid to do the thing I've always loved and wanted to do.
Q. What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
Just to have made it as far as I have. It's a really tough process to navigate and everyone doesn't get the opportunity, so it's a blessing just to still be able to play basketball.
Q. What advice can you give current student-athletes?
Just to always work hard. No matter what field of work you go into; always be fully invested in it and give it your best.
Q. If there was a movie made about your life, who would you want to play you?
A young Marlon Wayans. The Wayans Brothers is one of my favorite tv shows.
Q. If you were stranded on an island, what is one thing you would want with you?
I would want a device that can play music. Music always keeps me calm and helps me think.
To follow Fonville's journey with the Texas Legends, click here.
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