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Crediting Pau Gasol for Cameron Brinks’ Skills, Proud Father and Stephen Curry’s Sister Sydel Celebrate Successful Run

Published 11/20/2023, 9:38 AM EST

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Yesterday, the game took an unexpected turn towards merriment at Maples Pavilion as the #6 Standford beat down Duke with 82-79 in the overtime. Evidently, Cameron Brink, the 2x Pac-12’s Player of the Year hit a career-high 29 points, with 11 rebounds and 6 blocks. Despite missing the layup when the buzzer hooted, Brink dominated the extra period and ended up scoring most of Stanford’s points.

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Also, her teammates, Kiki Iriafen, scored an impressive 27 points and 9 rebounds, while Hannah Jump chipped in with 15 points with five 3-point shots adding to the winning cause. Now, as Brink has become the match’s highlight, her family and loved ones celebrate her success.

Cameron Brink making friends and family proud


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In their recent Instagram stories, Steph Curry‘s sister Sydel and Cameron Brink’s father both shared their joy as Brink made a victorious run. Evidently, Brink’s father shared a picture of his daughter hugging Pau Gasol, the NBA legend. The picture was captioned, “The best free throw coach.”

In addition, Sydel Curry, too, shared a funny video with a quote, “loll I would have simply melted into the ground. This is hilarious.” The video showcased Brink walking in to the locker room to celebrate the win with her team, only to find her teammates sitting to prank her with a straight face. Just when she entered the room screaming, she surprisingly went quiet, not receiving any response. However, the next moment, everyone stood up and poured water on her.


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They all cheered loudly and did a celebration dance together, picking Brink up in the air. This was because despite being a team play, it was Brink who took over in the fourth quarter, hit a few free throws only to send the game into an extra period, eventually carrying the team to a magnificent win.

Brink’s family is close to Stephen Curry’s family. However, rather than being on the surface, these close ties go way back. Evidently, Brink’s mother Michelle was roomates with Curry’s mother at Virginia Tech, where her father also played on the basketball team with Curry’s father. This, in turn, makes Sonya her godmother. Hence the wave of cheerful celebration.

But there is more to her list of achievement prior to this one.

Brink’s other college accolades

Cameron Brink attended Mountainside High School and Southridge High School, both situated in Beaverton, Oregon. These were the places where she won the McDonald’s All-American honor and also ranked as the #3 player in her class by the ESPN.


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In her freshman season, she carried her team to the national championship, and was named the Pac-12 Co-Player of the Year in her sophomore season. Brink also rallied her team to the Final Four in the same season. The young prodigy kept impressing and went on to win the WBCA Defensive Player of the Year. Her incredible talent saw herself getting listed as the Stanford’s all-time leader in blocks.

Moreover, she represented the United States by winning golds at the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup and 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup


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With Brink on a roll, the future looks really bright for the youngster. What are your thoughts on Brink’s extraordinary winning moves? tell us in the comments.

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Dimple Gupta


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Dimple is an NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. She has always been a sports-oriented person, and grew up with a strong interest towards basketball. More than playing, it's also about understanding the sport as a whole.
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Debmallya Chakraborty