Alexander “AJ” Picard is a senior transfer for the Cabrini Men’s Basketball team. Picard is a business administration major from Division II Goldey-Beacom college. He has been actively involved in sports since grade school, from baseball, to football, to basketball.
AJ grew up in Schwenksville PA, where he went to Souderton High School. He lived with his mother, younger sister, aunt and his father.
AJ’s family and friends play a big role in his life, school, and sports. “I play basketball not only for myself but also for my family and most importantly, my dad,” Picard said. “I was playing football, baseball and basketball when he was raising me and when he died in 5th grade on Nov. 5, 2002 I decided to quit every other sport but basketball, which I knew I loved.”
AJ was described by his peers as a “hard-worker,” “laid-back” and a very “motivated person.” Britney Sandone, AJ’s girlfriend, who is also a senior point guard for Cabrini women’s basketball team, described AJ best by saying, “He’s the most caring, generous, unselfish, and loving person you will ever meet. I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t like AJ.”
AJ isn’t all basketball all the time. There is more to the standout than basketball, but it is rare to find AJ any where other than the gym. Picard is very motivated to making his family proud, most importantly, his late father who pasted away when he was 10.
AJ’s father may have the biggest impact on his basketball career and life. “When I’m shooting or doing anything relating to basketball, I’m thinking of him,” Picard said. “Its almost like I have a special connection or feeling when I’m out there, like he is guiding me in some way.”
To some it may sound strange about a senior transferring schools their last year, but for AJ he felt that it was in his best interest not just for him, but for his family.
“I transferred because at Goldey-Beacom College the basketball team graduated 2 people, which only left us with 8 on the team then 4 people failed the drug test and one person transferred and it left us with 3 people left including myself,” Picard said. “I didn’t want to go through another rebuilding year especially since it is my last. The school wasn’t worth staying for the academic or social life either since it is smaller then Cabrini.”
“I chose Cabrini because all the local d2 schools I would have to sit out a year since it is an NCAA rule.” Picard said, “I [also] wanted to be close to home, Cabrini was the best fit because of that and on top of it they had a great basketball team that wins and plays like a team and academically it is good.” Not to mention that AJ’s girlfriend also went to the school.
The senior point guard will look to make an immediate impact on this year’s Men’s Basketball team,with his veteran leadership, and on court talent, he’s set the bar high for himself, and for his unit. “We will win the National Championship. Write it down, no questions asked.” Picard said.
When Picard isn’t in the gym , he’s with friends, or just relaxing watching NBA, TV or listening to Drake who is his favorite Artist. AJ’s loves to just lay back some days and nap, or chill and watch his favorite movies Coach Carter and He Got Game, while eating some of his moms home cooked pasta, with her homemade sauce that takes a day long preparation.
To some AJ may have just been a new basketball player, but he’s much more than just that. He is a friend, family man, boyfriend, Drake fan, standout athlete and scholar from Schwenksville,PA