Yale University’s Singing Basketball Star

Yale University’s Singing Basketball Star

Brandon Sherrod

Brandon Sherrod

Brandon Sherrod is currently a senior on Yale University’s basketball team averaging 27 minutes and 12 points per game, a considerable improvement over his freshman and sophomore stats. You won’t find any basketball stats for Sherrod’s junior season, however.  After successfully auditioning in 2014 for a spot on Yale’s all-male a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs, Sherrod set basketball aside for a year to travel and sing on a world tour.

You’ll hear the gospel song “Operator” (Manhattan Transfer/Downings/Dove Brothers) performed by Sherrod and some fellow Yale singers in a recent ESPN retrospective about his atypical detour away from basketball to music and back. Says Sherrod, “With music, it’s always going to be a part of my life. I’m going to be able to do that longer than I’m going to be able to play basketball.”

There’s an abundance of wisdom in that statement. Most young people with musical or other artistic skills fail to realize what most likely will and what most likely won’t remain with them for a lifetime.

Enjoy the ESPN feature below, then come back tomorrow for the history of “Operator.”

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. Ron F
    Reply March 18, 12:51 #1 Ron F

    Awesome Yale won their first ever NCAA Basketball playoff game



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