Much taller, too!
A disappointed Silveira just shook his head when the Eagle-Tribune basketball previews and the Christmas Tourney program listed him at 5-11.
“At the doctor, I was measured at 6-feet and three quarters of an inch!” he insisted.
He’s measured up just fine for the Blue and Gold. Especially when the lights shine brightest, which he proved again in the tourney opener and last winter when he scored his previous career high of 15 points against Central.
“At the end of the game, we want the ball in his hands,” said Fazio. “He’s at his best in the big games.”
Silveira, who attended the Pike School in Andover while growing up in Wakefield, said he’s been thinking of adding another sport.
Andover assistant coach Carol Martini was so impressed watching Silveira play touch football in gym class that she encouraged him to go out for the varsity team. He nearly did.
Although he’s just 150 pounds, he said fear never entered the equation.
“I used to play in middle school,” explained Silveira. “I was a running back. I think I could definitely take the hits.”
He’s strongly considering track this spring. His parents, Doug and Ellen Silveira, were runners at Tufts with Doug’s accomplishments including a sixth at New Englands in the 1,000 meters. His brother, Sebastian, who is on the varsity soccer team, is an up and coming runner. He placed sixth in the 400 meters as a freshman last spring in the MVC Meet in 53.48 seconds.
Silveira takes his academics seriously, too. He might prep at Phillips Andover or Exeter and is also looking at some top academic schools like Tufts, Bard and Williams. Silveira, who would like to play college basketball, is taking AP physics and AP Spanish and scored 2,010 on his SATs.
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