Ebony Hoffman: "There’s Always Another Level You Can Get to"
Second-year forward Ebony Hoffman recently took time with Fever media intern and website contributor Joe Gombach to talk about her WNBA progression and some recent community appearances. Take a look into the thoughts of one of Indiana’s most versatile and outgoing stars!
Fever Website: You recently competed in “Dancing With Our Stars.” Did you have fun, and would you continue ballroom dancing in the future?
Ebony Hoffman: “I had a great time. It was a lot of fun. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be learning the dance steps. I picked up on it really quickly. It is something that I would probably do in my spare time, just for fun.”
FW: The judges at the competition scored you as the winner, but you finished last in the online poll. Do you feel cheated?
EH: “It was all fun, but they [competitors Tom Berg and Dave Smiley] had the mic in their hands on the radio for two weeks, so I didn’t have a lot of the publicity they had. But it was all fun.”
FW: You’ve been coming off the bench and getting a lot of playing time. How do you feel about your play so far this season?
EH: “I think I’m playing well, but you can always play better, and there’s always another level you can get to. I want to get to that level in the second half of the season after the All-Star Break. We want to come out on top of our game. I just want to do whatever the team needs me to do to win.”
FW: How do you feel about your progression as a player since your rookie season last year?
EH: “I’m a lot more confident because I know what’s going on out there. I know who I’m playing against and what their tendencies are. My confidence level is fine.”
FW: You played with teammates Tamika Catchings and Coretta Brown for the Chicago Blaze this past winter. How has that experience helped you this year?
EH: “It has helped a lot because we all got to know each other a little bit better. Tamika and I have grown to be really good friends. Now she has confidence in me. Of course I always had confidence in her, but the big thing was her getting confidence in me, and that’s what happened.”
FW: You led the Blaze in three-point field goal percentage. Can we maybe expect to see some more threes out of you in the second half of the season?
EH: “Possibly if I get out there, but that’s not what my team needs out of me, and I’m not going to force a shot.”
FW: You and Tamika also worked out together in the off-season. Did you work on any specific part of your game?
EH: “I worked on my all-around game: ball-handling, posting up, conditioning, and strength. Everything you do in the offseason is to get better and maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.”
FW: You’re more of a power player inside. Would you rather match up against someone like yourself or a finesse player?
EH: “It doesn’t matter. I’m not picky or choosey. Just pick your poison, you know. I don’t really care who I play against. It’s just, ‘Can they guard me?’ That’s the real question.”
FW: Is there anyone in the WNBA that you look forward to matching up with and competing against?
EH: “I’d say Los Angeles is the team I look forward to playing. I’d say Taj McWilliams-Franklin (of the Connecticut Sun) is the player I look forward to playing. She’s really poised. She plays the game very smart. She’s just an all-around player. She’s good in all aspects of the game.”
FW: You mentioned playing against Los Angeles. You’re from Los Angeles, so is there more of a drive in you to win those games or is it just like playing any other team?
EH: “It’s just like any other game, but L.A. has a lot of people on its team that are All-Stars. If you beat that team, you’re in the upper level of the league. That’s what we measure ourselves by: beating the top tier teams. If we beat the top tier teams, then we know that we’re capable of winning a championship.”