July 23, 2013

SU Basketball Standout Prepares Harlem Globetrotter for Grueling Schedule

Former Susquehanna University Men's Basketball standout Bryan Majors, a 2010 graduate from Harrisburg, Pa., is continuing to make his mark in the world of basketball several years after he took the court for the last time as a Crusader.

Most recently Majors has been making news for his training work with Harlem Globetrotters player Chris Franklin, who is also from Harrisburg. The two have a basketball relationship that dates back many years, and now Majors is serving as Franklin's trainer as he prepares for the grueling 250-game Globetrotter schedule.

"Chris has been my trainer and mentor since I was young," said Majors. "He helped me with the life skills to be successful, and now, after all the work I've put in, I'm starting to reap the results."

That mentoring relationship is still there, but now Majors is the trainer. "He comes to me to stay in tune, to work through different things to implement into his game, to stay young and involved," Majors said.

Last week, Harrisburg-based CBS News 21 aired an in-depth profile about their unique relationship, and the work Majors is doing with Franklin to motivate and prepare the 40-year-old Globetrotter. The complete interview can be found here.

Majors is currently a unit director with the Boys & Girls Club and the founder of Major Prep Skills Academy, also based in Harrisburg. The organization provides basketball instruction and life-skills programming.

"Our motto is, 'Major work, major results," he said of his nonprofit organization, which is based on lessons he learned from his father about being prepared for life's opportunities and challenges. "Some people say they want to do something in the future or 'when I grow up,' but they're not working towards it. If you want to accomplish something, you need to be preparing for it every day," Majors said.

As a Crusader, Majors was one of the top point guards the program has produced, earning the starting point guard position as a first-year student. Susquehanna advanced to the postseason all four years and Majors set a program record in career steals (251). He remains second all-time in assists with 487. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in elementary education.

"I always say that Susquehanna was like heaven for me," he said. "Coming from where I did, I was used to only understanding one culture. It was eye opening to be around so many people from different backgrounds. It helped give me a wider perspective on life.

"Now I just plan to continue to be successful and set a good example, not just for youth, but for anyone trying to find the right path."