DaSilva brings athleticism and competitiveness to mens basketball

Posted: July 24, 2015

Multi-sport athlete Ethan DaSilva will be returning to the province where it all started this fall when he suits up for the Briercrest men’s basketball team.

Born in Saskatoon and raised in Calgary, Ethan DaSilva will add athleticism and a strong work ethic to head coach Gradyn Childerhose’s inaugural recruiting class this fall.

“Ethan is a great athlete and a very talented shooter,” Childerhose explained. “He is the kind of player that can set the tone for our team with his competitiveness, work ethic, and attitude.”

The 6’ 0” guard recently graduated from William Aberhart High School in Calgary where he played basketball, football, badminton and track and field for the Orange. He was selected Athlete of the Year at William Aberthart in both Grades 11 and 12, was an honors student and also received a French speaking certificate from being in French immersion since Grade 7.

Though a multi-sport athlete, basketball is what drew DaSilva’s attention at an early age.

“I started playing when I was five years old,” he explained. “I’ve always been a point guard since I was young because I was blessed with outstanding court vision and basketball IQ. I’ve played for numerous competitive teams since Grade 6, such as, playing club for the Calgary Basketball Academy (CBA), and junior high school teams.”

Da Silva has experienced quite a bit of success in his basketball career, both individually and on his teams.

“I have won numerous tournament MVP’S and my teams have also won quite a number of tournaments,” he explained. “I was able to get MVP honors from my High-School team all three years that I was there, where I team captain in Grades 11 and 12. My Grade 12 year of High-School basketball has been the highlight of my basketball career. It was really the year I blossomed as a player. I averaged 30 points, 10 Assists and 10 rebounds every game we played that year, including tournaments and league games. I had the privilege of getting noticed by quite a few CIS and ACAC schools because of this. But the moment I stepped onto the campus of Briercrest I knew it was the place for me.”

When DaSilva isn’t playing sports he likes to relax by reading a book or spending time with family and friends. He looks forward to his time at Briercrest.

“I plan to generalize my studies because I don’t have a clue what I want to do with my life yet,” DaSilva explained. “I’m hoping Briercrest will help me find what I cannot on my own.”

DaSilva was a multi-sport star at William Aberhart, starring as wide receiver and special team’s returner in football, placing top 10 in the city of Calgary in his lone year of track and field (including first-place in the long-jump, sixth in 200 m and third in triple jump) while also playing badminton.

“In my three years of football, I scored 30 touchdowns and in Grade 12 I had the privilege of being a captain on the football team,” he explained. “I only did track in Grade 12 because in Grades 10 and 11 club basketball conflicted with the track schedule. But, doing track has been one of the better decisions in my life. Being able to be in the top 10 in a city of 1 million people, when I haven’t done any track in my life before this year was a great achievement for me. I also reffed minor league basketball for three years and coached a team of Grade 8 boys in my Grade 12 year.”

DaSilva looks forward to his time at Briercrest.

“I’m looking forward to coming to Briercrest because it will hopefully be a place where I find what I want to do with my life,” he explained.

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