Daniel Alexander Reflects on Veterans Appreciation Night

By Meagan Miller | November 7, 2017

On Saturday, Nov. 4 the Austin Spurs hosted their Veterans Appreciation Night. New to the Austin Spurs roster, Daniel Alexander, reflected about his own personal ties to the military. His late grandfather, Clarence Reuben Autery, was a highly decorated two-star Major General who served 30 years in the United States Air Force. One of his duties in particular was flying tactical reconnaissance during the Vietnam War. Awards and decorations garnered by Autery during his term included the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Meritorious Service Medal. This Saturday, Nov. 11 the United States celebrates Veterans Day. On this holiday the nation honors all people who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

When asked of his grandfather’s inspiration to him Alexander explained, “I think he has contributed to my desire to be a man of God and also a respectable civilian here in the U.S., and so he’s definitely contributed to my life and I know he’s affected those around the U.S. as well in fighting for our freedom and representing I think originally what the U.S. stands for.”

Daniel Alexander was acquired by the Austin Spurs in the 2017 Local Player Tryouts. Most recently he played in the South-East Australian Basketball League for Mt. Gambier averaging 18.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He really looks forward to contributing as efficiently to his new team, the Austin Spurs.