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August 31, 2016

Retired NBA Player Adrian Branch to Speak during “Ignite” Series

Considered one of the nation’s most powerful speakers, former NBA standout Adrian Branch will speak during the West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Religious Life Council’s “Ignite” Series on Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the John D. Rockefeller IV Physical Education Center.

Branch is a well-respected sports analyst and one of the most sought after speakers in the country.  He has spoken to nearly two million people through school assemblies, correctional institutions, collegiate and professional sports teams, as well as corporate events. 

After a standout career in high school that included a 1981 McDonald’s All-American honor, Branch went on to star at the University of Maryland.  While there, Branch helped the Terrapins to the 1984 ACC Championship, earning two All-Conference selections and finishing amongst the top five scorers in school history.  He was then a second-round draft pick for the Chicago Bulls in 1985 and went on to win an NBA World Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1987, a team that included Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Head Coach Pat Riley.  He eventually would play 11 years of professional basketball in the NBA with stops overseas.

Following his basketball career, Branch transitioned to public speaking in 1995.  Through his speaking, he has inspired audiences with an emphasis on team building, decision-making, and perseverance in order for individuals to reach their full potential.

In 2001, Branch began his broadcasting career with Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic and CBS-affiliate WUSA covering the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.  In 2004, he returned to the NBA with the former Charlotte Hornets serving as the television color analyst.  After three years with Charlotte, Branch joined ESPN in 2007 where he currently works as a college basketball analyst. 

Branch has also worked with Sportsworld Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Young Life, Youth for Christ, Youth with a Mission (YWAM), Athletes in Action (AIA), and Sports Power International.  He has spoken to over a half million youth.

This event is open to the public and requires registration at Community members are asked to give a love offering for this event.

For more information on the “Ignite” Series, please contact Pastor Chris Scott at

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