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Green Bay's Carrington Love Motivated by Love of the Game, Father's Tragic Death

Carrington Love has been playing for his father his whole life, even though he was taken away from him at an early age.
(WFRV-TV) - The Green Bay Phoenix have the luxury of a pair of point guards who impact the game in plenty of ways.

Everyone knows the electrifying Keifer Sykes, who's the favorite to be named Horizon League player of the year for his efforts this season.

But even the team's leading scorer will tell you not to overlook what Carrington Love brings to the court.

"Energy, toughness, play-making ability, three-point shooting that we need from this team," said Sykes.  "He's been great in the lineup all year."

The 6'1" sophomore has done most of his work off the bench, having started only 10 of 27 games for a UWGB team that likes to play big. Yet, at eight points per game he's still Green Bay's 4th leading scorer, but he takes more pride on what he does on the other end of the floor.

"I've always been a defensive stopper in my playing career," said Love.  "It's an advantage to me to be able to stop players on the defensive end and if they need me to contribute on offense to be there on offense also."

"There's not many young men that don't take plays off defensively," said head coach Brian Wardle.  "I'd be shocked if you could show me a play where Carrington Love took a play off defensively.  He just does not."

Love is no one-trick pony.  He's scored in double figures 11 times this season, and ranks 2nd on the team in steals and three-pointers made.  Love is also third on the squad in assists and free throws made while averaging nearly 27 minutes a game.

So what motivates Love?  He says three things.  A love for the game, his passion for hard-work, and trying to make his dad proud every day.

"I was three years old when my father was murdered," Love told Local 5 in a 1-on-1 interview this week.

That devastating loss is something the Milwaukee native and Pius XI graduate has had to live with his whole life.

"Over the years it's always been the tough part when coach says we're having a player/parent meeting and just my mom is coming," says Love.  "But as I got older (I realized) everything happens for a reason."

So if you're looking for a reason Love plays with frenetic energy and refuses to take even one play off, look no further than the man he's trying to impress, one he hardly got to know.

"It definitely pushes me to know I want to do my best and to know he's proud of me," said Love.  "Even though he can't tell me, but just him looking down and hoping that I did enough to make him proud of me."

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