If you’ve been to a Manual basketball game recently, you’ve definetly heard the last name Byrd. Myriece Byrd is a senior guard for the Rams, while Emaryon Byrd is a junior forward. But they haven’t always played on the same team. It wasn’t until high school when they got to share the floor together.
“I was at Harrison, he was at Lincoln. We used to always play against each other, but then when we made it to high school, my dad said we should play together,” said Myriece Byrd. “But I mean, it feels way better playing with each other than against each other. We just got to play together.”
Summer time is important for the Byrd family. They have a hoop at home and a rim down the street to work on their game. They spend a lot of time talking about how they can become better players.
“At home, we talk about it. Everything, he tries to teach me how to be a leader,” said Emaryon Byrd. “I love my brother, because he always get on me a lot, and he acts like my dad a lot.”
“Both of them are very competitive and its great to have them. Myriece being the older brother, he always stays on Emaryon, he’s the youngest. He’s still learning,” said Manual head coach Willie Coleman. “But Myriece stays on him like his dad, he’s a daddy to him out on the floor. And it’s great having both of those guys.”
After a fourth place finish last season, Manual knows the target will be on them this season. But the Rams are hoping to fly on the wing’s of the Byrd’s to an even better finish in 2020