Peekskill High School alumni Daquan Brickhouse will be playing basketball professionally in Spain next season, an accomplishment that is sure to make everyone in his home city—especially his mother Angela—proud.

“Today,​ ​HMG​ ​Sports​ ​Management​ ​celebrates​ ​Daquan​ ​Brickhouse​ ​as​ ​he transitions​ ​to​ ​play​ ​professional​ ​basketball​ ​in​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world’s​ ​biggest​ ​basketball​ ​markets, Spain,” said HMG owner Michael Hicks in a recent press release. “​Standing​ ​at​ ​5-feet 9-inches​ ​and​ ​160​ ​pounds,​ ​Brickhouse​ ​has​ ​overcome​ ​doubt,​ ​setbacks,​ ​and naysayers.​ ​Basket​ ​Globalcaja​ ​Quintanar​ ​(EBA)​ ​tabbed​ ​25-year​-old​ ​American​ ​to​ ​join​ ​their​ ​roster this​ ​upcoming​ ​season.​ ​Brickhouse​ ​is​ ​a​ ​gleaming​ ​spark​ ​of​ ​hope.​ ​Brickhouse​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​in​ ​a​ ​tough neighborhood​ ​where​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​peers​ ​were​ ​deterred​ ​by​ ​​noise.​ ​These​ ​distractions​ ​did​ ​not hinder​ ​him.”​

After graduating from Peekskill High School in 2010, Brickhouse attended ASA College in New York City, where he helped the Avengers capture the Region XV regular season and tournament titles on his way to being named the Region XV Tournament Most Valuable Player. He was also named to the Region XV First Team.

Brickhouse then obtained ​a​ ​Division I​ ​basketball​ ​scholarship​ ​from​ ​Coppin​ ​State​ ​University, where he graduated with a degree in accounting. Among his hardwood highlights at Coppin State was a ​16​ ​point performance​ ​against​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Connecticut.

“They​ ​said​ ​that​ ​he​ ​was​ ​too​ ​short,” said Hicks. “They​ ​said​ ​that​ ​his​ ​resume​ ​wasn’t​ ​up​ ​to​ ​par. They​ ​said​ ​that​ ​Division​ ​I​ ​college​ ​experience​ ​wasn’t​ ​enough. Those​ ​negative​ ​statements​ ​were​ ​used​ ​as​ ​positive​ ​motivation​ ​to​ ​grind! Brickhouse​ ​signing​ ​with​ ​Globalcaja​ ​Quintanar​ ​is​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​accomplishment!”