Langlois proved that staying home can put basketball players on a path to greatness
|Toronto Star 11 Jun 2021 at 09:26|
Happy Patio Day!!!!!!
Yes, I am irrationally happy to have at least the chance to go sit outside this afternoon and have a couple. I, of course, have been quite able to go sit outside on Super Deck and have a couple every day this spring but it’s not the same. Not even close.
But if you do venture out, two things: Follow the rules and don’t be knuckleheads and take care of your servers, they’ve been out of work for a loooooooong time.
And now, emptying out the notebook and the deep crevices of the mind as we do each Friday.
I’ve got a piece coming to this space later today on the Canadian team that’s getting ready to start the AmeriCup tournament in Puerto Rico but I’m not sure this point fits in that larger item so here’s as good as any place.
The news yesterday that Miah-Marie Langlois of Windsor is being forced into retirement by lingering injuries was tough to read for a couple of reasons.
First, she’s a delightful and talented player, as tough as they get, a leader on the court and a point guard this team is going to miss.
But, just as important in many ways, is that she’s living proof that there are many tracks to greatness and they start and end at home.
There is no more a true homegrown talent than she is: High school in Windsor, university in Windsor where she was utterly dominant – four U Sports titles, three U Sports final eight MVPs, three defensive player of the year awards – and a Canadian career that included an Olympics and two world championships.
I know she’s not the only Canadian-trained start and I covered Olympic teams in 1996 and 2000 that were full of U Sports players but there is a school of thought that as the game grows and evolves maybe branching out is the best for a talented young player.
As Langlois proved, that’s not always true. These women in this program take great pride in being role models for young girls, Langlois proves that it doesn’t matter where you play because if you’re good, they’ll find you.
Lisa Thomaidis had this to say when we chatted yesterday:
“I’m just so proud of her. Being a coach who coaches in the U Sports system, to see a player take that route and get to the pinnacle of the sport? Just a great role model and I think opened a lot of people’s eyes.
“I think she’s such a proponent for going where it’s the right fit for you to develop as a player and to be able to reach the goals that you set for yourself.