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Brother Rice's Alex Majewski (left) puts a shot up against Tinley Park's Orlando Lewis during their basketball game in Chicago Tuesday, December 11, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media Brett Roseman
At first glance, Alex Majewski may not be the player that stands out in any given game. But the 6-6 Brother Rice power forward is always the hardest worker on the court, and gets the job done every time.
Not only has his game evolved in his senior season, but he has led the Crusaders to a 17-3 record.
In a recent game against Marian Catholic, Majewski showed why he should be talked about more throughout the state and amongst college coaches.
With his team trailing by 14 points and the game getting out of reach, he did everything he could to get his team back in the game. He gathered offensive rebounds, blocked shots, hit some jumpers and added a couple free throws.
After taking a hard foul, he got up, looked at his student section, pounded his chest and yelled “Stand up!” His emotions are contagious and the Brother Rice fans stood on their feet, cheering wildly.
Although the Crusaders lost on a Tyler Ulis buzzer-beater, Majewski finished the game with 29 points.
“It’s never good to lose, especially at the buzzer but I think we can take a lot of positives from this game to help us move forward,” he said after the game.
Hard work pays off and Majewski is a living proof. Plus, being versatile creates a lot of matchup problems for his opponents.
“If I have a smaller guy on me I can take him down in the post, and if matched up with a big guy I can take him to the perimeter to shoot or drive and even pull up,’’ Majewski said. ‘‘I have a lot of options and it’s really nice to have those.’’
As of now, he has a scholarship offer from Chicago State, but with his tough-nose play, look for him to receive more.
As much passion and inspiration as Majewski plays with every game, his real motivation is his father.
“My dad is always helping me and encouraging me to get better,’’ Majewski said. ‘‘He wants me to be the best I can be and it’s great to have someone there for me when I need it.”