Basketball Player Ends Career At Lincoln University
JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University's guard Pierre DeClue traveled from school to school in a slide show of appearances. His college basketball career ends soon and it was a career that almost wasn't.
"My mom was in a car accident and she almost lost her life," he said. "So school wasn't an option at the time. I decided to just work and be the provider for my family."
While working he picked up some bad habits but his older brother cut that off before it even really got started.
"He didn't like the path that I was going down so basically he sat me down and said basically: "You need to go to school; you've got a talent and you can do some thing with it.' And that's when i decided to give everything to school."
He made stops at Penn Valley Community College-where he's in the hall of fame-St. Edwards in Austin Texas. After some problems he put in a call to Coach John Redmond at Lincoln University.
"We talked about it over the summer and he said coach I want to come play for you, make it happen. In two days I made it happen. And asked him: ‘Are you ready to play.'"
DeClue didn't need to think long. Even though other schools where interested in him, he knew he wanted his final stop to be in Jefferson City.
"He's a competitor but the most important thing is that he cares about his teammates," Coach Redmond said. "it wasn't just about Pierre."
DeClue ended his career at Lincoln and lead the team in scoring (16.5 ppg), made free throws 84 on the season), steals (46, 1.8 pg), assists (110, 4.2 pg) and most minutes.
He expects to graduate over the summer and then look to play professionally overseas. So as the pictures go by in his slide show of life, DeClue is thinking only of the future guided by the past.