The Definitive DeWanna Bonner Q&A

By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com
Posted: Nov. 7, 2012

Professional athletes get asked a lot of questions.

A lot of the same questions, that is.

That’s why we at PhoenixMercury.com want to break the mold a bit. Sure, we detail the X’s and O’s of women’s basketball when applicable, but every so often we want to give fans a unique look into the minds of Mercury players.

Today, it’s Mercury fan-favorite DeWanna Bonner’s turn.

This should come as no surprise to the X-Factor, but Bonner is currently lighting things up in Russia playing for Nadezhda Orenburg.

In fact, today (Nov. 7), she just hit a last-second layup to give Nadezhda a stunning 65-64 victory over the Turkish club Fenerbahce (Cappie Pondexter, Angel McCoughtry).

So, without any further ado, let’s get to know the real DeWanna Bonner.


PhoenixMercury.com – Before we get started, let’s paint a picture for the fans. You’re in Russia. Just returned from over a week on the road with little to no internet access. It’s freezing cold there. (It’s supposed to be 90 degrees in Phoenix today.) What were you doing before you started answering these questions?

DeWanna Bonner – [laughs] I was grocery shopping and eating M&M’s.

PhoenixMercury.com – Interesting. What was the last thing you watched on TV?

DeWanna BonnerModern Family.

PhoenixMercury.com – Love that show. When was the last time you laughed really hard?

DeWanna Bonner – Just like two seconds ago because I'm trying to tell my driver I need to go to the store and he took me home instead. He never understands me! LOL!

PhoenixMercury.com – Ah, the overseas life. What was the last film you saw?

DeWanna Bonner – Umm, it’s been a while. I’m more into television shows than movies. Unless game film counts…

PhoenixMercury.com – Game film definitely counts. Do you like to dance?

DeWanna Bonner – I love to dance and will dance circles around people!

PhoenixMercury.com – Who was the most recent person that called you?

DeWanna Bonner – Well, being overseas, my phone doesn’t ring much. So, I’d probably have to say my mom was the last person to call me.

PhoenixMercury.com – Type of music you like most?

DeWanna Bonner – I like a little bit of everything. But right now I'm really into Taylor Swift.

PhoenixMercury.com – Type of music you dislike most?

DeWanna Bonner – I probably dislike country the most! Don’t take it personal…

PhoenixMercury.com – Kind of ironic, DB. What was the last thing you bought?

DeWanna Bonner – I just bought way too many groceries, like, five minutes ago. My bags are soooo heavy! Help! Anyone!

PhoenixMercury.com – If you could eat lunch with any celebrity, who would it be?

DeWanna Bonner – This is a tough question since I have so many to name. Okay, I would definitely name a couple of my Mercury teammates but I have lunch with them often so I'm going to go with any Modern Family character – they are hilarious to me! My favorite is Luke so I would love to have lunch with him because I hear he is a genius.

PhoenixMercury.com – Who sent the last text message you received?

DeWanna Bonner – My sister.

PhoenixMercury.com – We’ll be respectful and won’t ask what the message said. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?

DeWanna Bonner – I'm more of an online shopper, but probably Saks [Fifth Avenue].

PhoenixMercury.com – Is your glass half empty or half full?

DeWanna Bonner – Definitely half full.

PhoenixMercury.com – Doesn’t surprise us one bit. Are you a good cook?

DeWanna Bonner – You know, I'm learning. I’ve been trying to learn for quite a while [laughs]. However, I think my cooking is good.

PhoenixMercury.com – What was the name of your first pet?

DeWanna Bonner – Mills Jacie Bonner. Yes, I gave her a middle name [laughs].

PhoenixMercury.com – Great name! What time do you get up in the morning?

DeWanna Bonner – Umm, you know….like 30 minutes before it’s time to leave for practice. Which is terrible because I’m always late! And I am definitely not a morning person so it takes me a while to wake up.

PhoenixMercury.com – What do you do most when you are bored?

DeWanna Bonner – Well, I'm currently in school to get my master’s degree so I don't have time to get bored anymore [laughs]. If anyone’s wondering, I attend Grand Canyon University and I love it!

PhoenixMercury.com – Congrats on pursuing your master’s degree; that's awesome! Staying with the education theme (kind of), which came first, the chicken or the egg?

DeWanna Bonner – [long pause]…I'm going to say the chicken.

PhoenixMercury.com – How many keys on your key ring?

DeWanna Bonner – Just two. This is a funny question because I always ask my mom this. She has so many keys and I don’t understand why. But if I ask her for a certain key she goes straight to it!

PhoenixMercury.com – Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows at the same time?

DeWanna Bonner – I just tried it and, surprisingly, I can! Does that mean something? [laughs]

PhoenixMercury.com – I’m not sure what it means, but it’s probably something good. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it?

DeWanna Bonner – Oh, just until the name pops up on the screen.

PhoenixMercury.com – What is your best childhood memory?

DeWanna Bonner – Of course it has to do with basketball – winning our middle school championship. So exciting back then.

PhoenixMercury.com – We’d love to see pictures. Final question: In your opinion, what is most important in life?

DeWanna Bonner – To have fun and live everyday like it’s your last. Also, make sure you share it with the people you love.