Duke C Chante Black
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Duke's Chante Black has established herself as one of this year's top post prospects with her unique combination of size and athleticism. The 6-5 center was an All-ACC First Team selection this year after posting averages of 10.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.
After her Blue Devils were eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by Michigan State, Black has been preparing for the next stage of her basketball career in the WNBA.
WNBA.com asked Black a series of questions to find out what she has been doing to get ready for the draft, who she models her game after, and what is her most embarrassing moment.
WNBA.com: What have you been doing and working on since the end of your teamís season?
Black: I took some time off, but I have recently started back up with a weight and conditioning program along with some basketball shooting sessions.
WNBA.com: What memories do you have about your college hoops experience? What will you remember most?
Black: I will remember my teammates, the Duke atmosphere with the Cameron Crazies, and the best collegiate band cheering for us on our home court. Cameron Indoor Stadium is such an energetic place to play in and I was fortunate to experience it for four years.
WNBA.com: What strengths, qualities or skills will you bring or add to a WNBA team?
Black: I bring a great work ethic, heart, and eagerness to learn. My defensive presence, rebounding, and face up ability are strengths of mine.
WNBA.com: What skills do you feel you need to improve or work on at the next level?
Black: I would like to work on expanding my game to the perimeter by increasing my shooting range, improving my handles, and increasing foot speed to defend on the perimeter.
WNBA.com: What do you expect to be some of the biggest challenges or adjustments at the next level?
Black: Iíll have to adjust to playing post players my height and taller every game. Also, the experience of being with a new team and working on getting established within their program will be a challenge.
WNBA.com: Is there a current WNBA player you model your game after, or that you look up to?
Black: People have always drawn similarities between Lisa Leslie and me. I believe that just like her I have a great work ethic and I would love to accomplish just as much as she has.
WNBA.com: What WNBA players are you most looking forward to playing against or meeting?
Black: I miss my Dukies so I would love to see them on the court again. It would be just like old times, which would be a competitive battle to see who is better.
WNBA.com: Who are some of your all-time dream teammates that youíd want to play with?
Black: I love my Dukies so to have the chance to play with them again would be great.
WNBA.com: What are a few things people need to know about you personally and what youíll bring to the WNBA?
Black: Iím a consistent hard worker and Iím a student of the game. Iím very athletic and versatile which helps me produce on both ends of the court and Iím a player thatís always trying to improve my game.
WNBA.com: What are you thinking and feeling as the Draft approaches?
Black: Iím very anxious and I canít wait to join a new team where new relationships can be formed.
WNBA.com: What is your best on-court moment?
Black: My best on court moment would be when we played Tennessee at Duke my sophomore year and they were number one and we were number two. It seemed like everyone had their bets on Tennessee to win instead we pulled off an upset and won that game.
WNBA.com: What is your most embarrassing moment (either on or off the court)?
Black: I believe that freshman year during ACC tourney, I pinned someoneís shot from Maryland on the backboard and the referee called a foul when clearly it wasnít. So I sprinted to half court in disbelief about the call and as I turned to head back to get set on the FT line here comes Ali Bales to chest bump me. Well her momentum was there but mine lets say had taken a break and as she jumped in the air and I jumped we hit chest but she was able to come down on her feet while I landed on the court. LOL. Never again would I fall over a chest bump.
WNBA.com: What is your source of inspiration when it comes to basketball?
Black: Iím inspired by all my supporters because of their beliefs and investments in me. I feel like I should perform the best I can.
WNBA.com: What do you like to do to relax off the court?
Black: I like to eat (tacos with sour cream are a favorite), sleep, and watch television.
WNBA.com: What is your type of music and which artists are you listening to right now?
Black: I love to listen to R&B a lot. Chrisette Michele, Jazmine Sullivan, and Jennifer Hudson are some of my favorites.