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Ryan & Lamar Hurst build universal brotherhood on the hardwood

Bridge Sports Complex Athlete of the Week
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 1:41 AM EDT
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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - Buckhannon-Upshur High School graduate and Bridge Sports Complex Athlete of the Week Ryan Hurst etched his name all over the Buc record books during his prep athletic career.

He leaves as the school’s all-time leading goal scorer in soccer with 113 career goals, and 4th all-time scorer in basketball with 1,018 career points.

“Coming into my high school career, I told my dad that I would be OK with being a state champion and getting all-state,” Hurst said. “That was what I was concerned about and then once my senior year is over and I’m fourth all-time in basketball and first in soccer...It’s crazy to think about that I own those two.”

Hurst’s final two years of high school athletics were also spent with a special teammate: his brother and rising senior, Lamar. The Hurst family adopted the native of West Africa in October of 2019.

“We wanted to give someone a chance to have a better life and help someone out,” his mom Cindy Hurst said.

Lamar, who’s real name is Yeshua, left his home of Lagos, Nigeria at 14 years old. He had goals of playing basketball in college & possibly beyond, and was advised that moving to the states would make those goals more attainable.

“I had a friend who went to USC,” Lamar said. “He told me it would be scary at first leaving home, but if you love the game of basketball, it will be worth it.”

While Ryan heads off to college next year, Lamar has one more year as a student-athlete at Buckhannon-Upshur. Although the duo may have laid the foundation of their friendship through athletics, its grown to be way more.

“We were always together talking about basketball and then started talking about other things and we realized we liked the same things. That just kept bringing us together. Basketball started all of this but right now I would say its bigger than basketball,” Lamar said.

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