Cougar Player Discovered in Tiger Rec Center
It's easy to spot Bryant Chambly on a basketball court. Just look for the guy with the biggest smile.
"I love life, baby. You know, last year, I was paying for school," he said. "This year, it's paid for me, so I'm just trying to take advantage of the oppotunity and take my team with me."
But, life wasn't always so good for Chambly. Mississippi State University withdrew a basketball scholarship at the last minute, leaving him with no place to play.
After transferring to Mizzou in 2002, Chambly worked on his skills and stayed in shape at the MU Student Recreation Center, where an assistant coach for Columbia College saw him play.
"Typically, you would expect someone that was used to playing pick-up ball, that they wouldn't adapt to more organized, competitive basketball as quickly as he has," said Bob Burchard, Columbia head coach.
"I probably dunked on about half of them, that's probably what it was," Chambly explained. "At the rec center, people are up there to have fun. But I'm up there to win. So it just carried over onto the court."
Chambly helped the Cougars tie for the conference championship this season.
"I hate to lose. I mean, if me and my mom came out here, I might let her get nine, but I'm going to get 10, you know what I'm saying?" he said. "It's just how I play. I try and win every game."
The Cougars opened the AMC Tournament by beating Williams Baptist, 90-46, Tuesday night at the Southwell Athletic Complex.