In case you don’t know who Marcellous Boyd Jr. is, allow his cousin, Tiffany Lowe, to introduce him.
“My little cousin is the truth,” Lowe wrote in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon.
To get a thorough understanding of why Boyd has garnered so much praise in recent years as a rising amateur athlete, look no further than his resume, most notably as a fixture for the Memphis Tigers 4.0 Boys/Gentlemen of Memphis Tigers 11-and-under AAU squad that captured the Southeastern AAU State Championship last week.
To his credit, Boyd, an 11-year-old swingman for the Tigers who began playing competitive basketball approximately three years ago, has done a masterful job in complementing the display of Tiger floor general, Harold Draper III.
Add to the fact that he has proven to play multiple positions, thus provide the Tigers will some much-needed offensive presence, and it’s no wonder his cousin and those who have followed his progress on the hardwood believe he very well could flourish into a household name in this, the hoops-crazed Bluff City.
“Words can’t explain how happy I am now and how happy I will always be to see Marcellous strive for success on and off the court,” Vanessa Holmes, Marcellous’ mother, told MemphiSport on Thursday. “He is exactly what a mom would want her son to be.”
A self-proclaimed “cheerleader from the stands” whenever her son suits up to play, Holmes, a full-time working mom acknowledges that never does she grows tired of preparing for game day to watch her son in action, although his AAU schedule often gives way to array of traveling.
Surely, like hundreds of other basketball moms, Holmes figures to be on hand this extended weekend when the 4.0 Boys/Gentlemen of Memphis Tigers travel to New Orleans to take part in the always popular PrimeTime Super 60 Basketball Tournament.
This three-day event will showcase over 600 premier teams from around the nation, something about which isn’t new to Marcellous, who is accustomed to performing on the big stage.
“It is never tiring,” Holmes said of the seemingly congested checklist that is essential with regards to putting her son in the best possible position to generate exposure as a young athlete. “In fact, if I could add more hours to the day to watch my son I would. I love every second. I am Marcellous’ biggest fan. I live to watch him excel while living and achieving his dreams I am excited because I knew this was a great opportunity to show America what Marcellous has to offer on and off the court.”
A student at Memphis’ Christ the King Lutheran School, Marcellous not only has evolved as a young local hoops standout, but rather he has enjoyed success as a youth football player as a member of the Whitehaven Rams.
Still, as Marcellous, a tall, slim, speedy multisport athlete says with boldness and pure confidence, basketball apparently is what he savors the most, as evidenced by his continuous progress on the local hoops amateur circuit.
“(Basketball) is my life,” Marcellous said. I dream, sleep, and eat basketball. I plan on taking basketball to another level.”
By and large, Marcellous credits his mother and father, Marcellous Boyd, Sr. for his assortment of life lessons they’ve instilled in him.
On and off the court, of course.
“They are the reason why I am who I am,” Marcellous said. “My mom and dad give me more positive advice than anyone can ask for. They always remind me that the sky is the limit and anything is possible if I believe in myself, because no one can take self-confidence. My coaches always tell me it’s not about the beginning it’s about the end results.”
In the meantime, while basketball has afforded this young kid an array of opportunities to travel the country and put his skills on display, Marcellous realizes wholeheartedly that if his athletic dreams are to become a reality, he must continue to prioritize.
On and off the court, of course.
“I will stay focused, determined, make good grades, stay humble, be respectful and strive for the best at all times,” Marcellous said.
Sounding as if he knows he’s the truth…as his cousin suggested.
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