Brandon Walters To Play For Jamaican National Team

Brandon Walters

Former Siena Saint Brandon Walters has been chosen to play for the Jamaican national team and will compete with them in the upcoming Centrobasket Tournament. A 2012 graduate, Walters played for two seasons at Siena after transferring from Seton Hall. He appeared in 51 games as a Saint emerging in his senior season to start all 31 games while averaging 6.8 points and 6.0 rebound per game.

Centrobasket is a FIBA sponsored tournament held every two years where national teams from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean participate. The event takes place August 1st to August 7th in Nayarit, Mexico. Jamaica is in Group A along with Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba and the Domincan Republic. The top teams in Centrobasket look to qualify for the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship and the 2015 Pan American Games. Jamaica won the Centrobasket bronze in 2012.

Walters, who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Jamaica explained the path which led him to play for the national team.

“My relatives had mentioned it to me as being a great opportunity to represent the island and it was always my dream to wear black, green and gold,” said Walters. “I reached out to the organization, came down and tried out.”

The 6-8 big man has remained active on the court playing in pro-ams in NYC and training kids on the side while maintaining morning workouts and lifting routines. Another former Saint, Alex Franklin is also set to compete in the Centrobasket Tournament representing Puerto Rico.

“It has always been an uphill battle but I’m ready to take advantage of the opportunity God has presented to me and continue to achieve more goals and show no matter what struggle you have in life to remain strong and keep fighting,” explains Walters.

For updates from Brandon Walters including pictures and videos, follow him on Instagram @midraangebgw or on Twitter @Brandname0.


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