TORONTO — Shardaine Rowe Brown was always a Pascal Siakam fan. The 23-year-old played high school basketball and can speak with authority about the Toronto Raptors star’s devastating spin move.
But now, after a pivotal summer made possible in part by Siakam’s generosity and deepening Toronto roots, the second-year student at Toronto Metropolitan University’s Lincoln Alexander School of Law sees “Spicy P” in a new light.
“I’m a big Raptors fan, I’m big on sports, so I knew he’s amazing, they don’t call him ‘Spicy P’ for no reason, his spin move is untouchable,” she said at a reception recognizing Siakam’s contribution to the school which funded summer internships for her and 11 of her classmates. “But I didn’t know about his foundation, so to know that he’s actually interested in helping young people. I’m really happy about that.”
For Siakam, using his PS43 Foundation to support TMU’s fledgling law program — now beginning its third year — and its stated mission to “reimagine legal education in pursuit of a more just society” is part of his own growth. The raw rookie, who came from off the radar to carve a place in the Raptors rotation as an unheralded late first-round pick in 2016, is now 28 years old with training camp looming and coming off his second all-NBA season. Siakam will be relied on to help return the Raptors to Eastern Conference contention in their post-championship era.