College Basketball Star: My Marine Parents ‘Helped Me Be The Person I Am Today’ [VIDEO]

Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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Though Xavier lost on a heart-breaking buzzer beater in the NCAA tournament Sunday, you won’t see it faze Trevon Bluiett.

The Muskateers’ sophomore guard credits his tough upbringing with making him the man he is today. (VIDEO: Wisconsin Knocks Off Xavier With Ridiculous Buzzer Beater)

Blueitt’s parents “were both Marines, so you can kind of guess my household was pretty strict,” he said in a CBS interview Sunday. “A lot of discipline going on.”

Blueitt not only inherited athletic prowess from his parents — his father, Reynardo was a fullback on the All-Marine football team while his mother, “Mad Dog” Mariam, was a defensive star on the All-Marine basketball team — but also the self-disciplined mentality, typical of military personnel.

“I never really looked at us as being military or militant,” explained Mariam. “But I just wasn’t too sensitive.”

“I always pushed him being tough,” added Reynardo. “And tough to me was not having your emotions on your sleeve. Not being able to be red, and just get up and keep fighting every day.”

Blueitt says he considered rebelling against mom and dad in the past, but he “just kept my mouth shut because I knew that the parents knew best.”

“In the long run, it helped me be the person I am today.”

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