- January 23, 2019
At 6-foot-7, it’s hard to miss CFCA senior Nicolas Silva on the basketball court. Silva is in his first and only year as a member of the school’s basketball team, and the Brazilian already is making an impact for head coach Andrew Gustafson at the wing position.
My dad was a basketball player in Brazil, so I was raised on basketball courts. My first contact with a basketball was when I was 5.
What I love most is the competition — I love playing and competing. In basketball, if you don’t work out, your opponent will be working out, and if you’re not getting ready, then you can’t compete against them.
The most challenging part is defending people, because usually the players I play against are way shorter than me and quicker. What I like is that I always get the ball — I’m always open for shots. I love shooting.
I moved here two years ago — it was a different game style and game speed. Getting used to the speed of the game and the athleticism of the players was the hardest thing for me. We play a slower way — like running plays European style — in Brazil.
Everyone here welcomed me with open arms — coach Andrew (Gustafson) and all of my teammates always included me in everything.
We’re a family — coach Andrew cares a lot about us, and coach Caio, too. We’re a big family, and that’s what I like most about our team.
I’ve learned a lot. I’m more of a solo person, but when I get to play basketball and understand that basketball is not a one-on-one game, and you need other people and you have to work on teamwork to win games — that’s what basketball has taught me the most.
For sure, the win against Ocoee where Riley (Kugel) hit the game winner — that was crazy.
I know some of the players — Riley, Jajuan — and I knew that we would have a good team. My expectation is to win states in my last year — that’s the goal.
I like to hangout with my friends and watch Netflix — that’s the two things I do the most when I’m not playing basketball. Right now on Netflix I just finished “Breaking Bad” again, and I was watching “The Flash.”