Colorado Mesa senior point guard Sydni Brandon is a rare player to come by. The Grand Junction native helped bring the Mavericks to heights that the program has rarely been to.
In her final season at CMU, she was named the RMAC defensive player of the year as she led the conference with 83 steals, nearly three per game.
Brandon is a Westernslope product that had an amazing career at Grand Junction high. She was a four-year starter, named first-team all conference every year, was the player of the year her junior season, and has the school record for career steals.
After high school Brandon didn’t stay local. She went to Fort Lewis and played basketball and competed in track & field. After one year in Durango, Brandon headed home to be a Maverick.
Her time in the maroon and white has been nothing short but incredible. In her junior season she was named first-team All-RMAC, RMAC tournament MVP, and helped lead the Mavs to the second round of the NCAA regional tournament.
Her senior season she finally got the award she deserved. Being named the best defensive player in the conference and there was no doubt about it.
Just to put it in perspective, in Sydni’s three years at CMU she has accumulated 197 steals, five away from second in school history. The all-time leader is Jill Teeters who has 249 from 1989-1992. If you add the 47 steals she had her freshman year as a Skyhawk then she would only need six to break the record. And there’s still time.
Whether she gets any more steals in the remaining games of the 2020 season, Sydni Brandon will be known as one of, if not, the best defensive player in Colorado Mesa women’s basketball history.