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CBC featured freshman student Dyson Frank in "U.S. basketball transplant found laid-back Canadian style 'super, super weird'"

02/04/2021

CBC featured freshman student Dyson Frank in "U.S. basketball transplant found laid-back Canadian style 'super, super weird'"

Now a freshman at New York's Pace University, Frank was the lone American on Canada's top high school basketball team last year. His was an unusual path. Traditionally, Canadian basketball prospects go finish high school in the States, not the other way around. Frank says he came to Orangeville with the intent of snagging more NCAA Division 1 scholarship offers. But while he did get several D-1 offers, he eventually decided to go to Division 2 Pace, the second tier of college sports, where his chances of an NBA career are almost nil. He chose Pace both because "I have to be like ten or fifteen minutes away from a big city, or in a big city, or I get nuts," and because he felt like it would better set him up for life after basketball. "I like to think of myself as a smart person," he says. "There's only an X-amount percentage of people who play in the NBA… Even people who think their entire life or are told their entire life they're going to make it, end up not making it. [Playing] overseas was another option for me, but you can go overseas from any division. But Pace is a well-renowned business school, they produce people who go work on Wall Street right out of college or during college."

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The New York Times featured freshman Leonay Shepherd as a next generation cabaret showstopper in "Meet the Next Generation of Cabaret Showstoppers"

10/22/2020

The New York Times featured freshman Leonay Shepherd as a next generation cabaret showstopper in "Meet the Next Generation of Cabaret Showstoppers"

Teens competing for the New York Cabaret Convention are proving that young people are invested in the Great American Songbook.

Leonay Shepherd, 18: Born and raised in Harlem; 2020 graduate of Professional Performing Arts School, now a freshman at Pace University.

“I would love to do everything — Broadway and cabaret, and I’m open to TV and film,” Shepherd said, adding, “I’m half Puerto Rican and half Caribbean, and growing up, I didn’t see many people that looked like me in musical theater. So that’s another driving force in my head — I want another little brown girl to see that if I can do it, she can do it.”

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