CAPTAIN MABREY RETURNS…

51ee4f01c5798.preview-300[1]So let me tell you what separates the Mabrey’s from everyone else….it called LOVE OF THE GAME. The Mabrey family folks love basketball. They eat it, sleep it and most importantly never tire of playing it. They don’t play to read their name in the paper or to impress coaches. It’s in their sole and a way of bringing them together as a family. Yesterday the “CAPTAIN” returned home after another great season at Notre Dame to work out with her sisters and brother.

taya+reimer+returns[1]“PEACE BABY…I’M BACK IN TOWN”

Michaela Mabrey is back in town after finishing her junior year at Notre Dame. It was a year when she became the Captain as a junior at Notre Dame. It was another National Championship appearance for Michaela. I asked her if he was tired. She said yes but she was home for a month and was looking forward to spending time with her family…but what she really meant was get in the gym and BALL! Because for 2 hours yesterday that exactly what she and her family did

May, 20 2012:  USA Basketball U17 & U18 games against Brazilian National Team, Orlando Florida.

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MICHAELA IS PART OF USA BASKETBALL

Now here is something that most folks don’t know about the Mabrey family. There are all great basketball players but it didn’t happen magically. They are workers, in the old school way. They show up at the gym and it’s no nonsense, they get right to work. Many times their mother Patty Mabrey shows up with them. Patty is not about wasting time of fooling around. She tells Dara do this drill like this and too hurry up. There is no long winded conversations, it clear why everyone is in the gym. She gets on Marina for not pushing her younger sister or for that matter herself. The Mabrey’s are all about getting better and they don’t want anyone around who doesn’t work hard or gets in the way of their development. They work and train as a family and nobody gets a pass.

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - AUGUST 6: FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women at the United States Olympic Training Center on August 6, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/FIBA)

…SO IS MARINA!

I know one thing is a fact at the hoop group. If it’s raining outside or the weather is bad, I will be seeing the Mabrey’s in the gym. It’s not will they be there, it’s when they will be there. I also know when the Mabrey’s come into the gym it’s not a social hour, it’s time to master your craft. No taking 20 minutes to put their sneakers or talking on cell phones. They remind me of back in the day, when kids handled there business in the gym and didn’t need to pay a trainer to show them how. I watch as they bark and sweat and watch after each other. Dara Mabrey knows that while Marina is her biggest supporter, she is expected to work hard and if she doesn’t she is going to hear it from her older sister. It’s the old school approach towards basketball. It’s the attitude of I learned from my older sister and you are going to learn from me. The older sister of Marina just happens to be one of the best players in America playing on one of the best teams in the country.

mabrey-sisters-celebrate-420x630[1] MARINA AND DARA WON A TOC TOGETHER

I asked Michaela when she would be returning to Notre Dame? She said in a month and I’m taking Marina back with me. Now folks you have to understand this as a father first. The look and smile on her face is everything a parent wants to see when one sibling is talking about another. The pride in her voice I can’t describe. I told Marina wait till you see Dara play, you won’t believe how good she is; she said I did. I looked at her with a puzzled look? She said I had a break in the season and I flew back to watch her twice and her head nodded with a smile as if to say…. My baby sister can ball! Michaela is the big sister who is that role model every parent what’s for their younger siblings.

40865332E[1]..BUT MICHAELA AND MARINA DID IT FIRST

Being a Mabrey is not easy because with talent on loan from god, comes jealously and the spotlight. You see nobody was subjected to more of this than Michaela Mabrey for a period. It’s a good thing because it toughened her skin and showed her younger sisters what to expect in the future. Marina had seen it all play out before she went thought the same thing. But it’s Dara who now will have to travel that road, but Dara is nothing like her older sisters.

2315119363[1] THE SISTERS..WHO THE GUY IN THE MIDDLE?

Michaela Mabrey is quite if you can believe that, she is not one who seeks attention. Marina on the other hand will rip your heart out and make you like. But Dara Mabrey is a total cross of both. On the court she turns into this wide eyed competitive beast, off the court she becomes a typical teenage girl with a warm personality. She is kind of a Marina/Michaela- Heckle and Hyde cross. If you ever meet Dara off the court it’s the strangest thing. She is a jokester and talks way more than her two older sisters ever did. I ask if she has any money because I want to take it in one on one. She laughs and says I don’t need no money when I play you. You can see the impact that both sisters have had on her. The two older sister also make sure in between the smiles and friendly personality… she better and work…but it clear they let her know they love her and have her back 100%. It’s really cool watching the three together.  There is a bond there and it’s something you wish for all sisters.

 

0a8db3a579988789328868e761fdbc6c[1] A BEAUTIFUL TEACHER INDEED!

The Mabrey girls have not gotten to where they are with talk. It’s been due to hard work and a desire to excel and be the bestl. They have parents who expect hard work and commitment. It’s clear Patty Mabrey is not about excuses and laziness. While the Mabrey girls are considered the best, it rare that people say they are the hardest workers. Folks I have been around them ALL….NOBODY AND I MEAN NOBODY WORKS LIKE A MAYBREY and they can all thank the CAPTAIN FOR TEACHING THEM HOW!

 

 

maxresdefault[1] BY THE WAY LADIES THERE IS A RATHER HANDSOME MABREY WHO IS PRETTY GOOD HIMSELF!

 

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