TIME OUT WITH... Barbara Turner
If Seattle rookie forward Barbara Turner has always been a hard worker and is always the life of the party. It is that outgoing personality that will make her a good lawyer someday, a career in which she is very interested. But that will never change her goofy or joke-cracking ways.
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Hometown Cleveland, Ohio
What did you study in college? Political Science
Have you ever played on a national team? If so, for what team, when and in which tournaments? Yes, United States Team in the 2003 Pan American Games.
If you could play one-on-one against someone, who would it be? Myself to see if I could compete.
When did you become interested in the game of basketball and when did you decide you wanted to pursue it professionally? When I was 7, and I wanted to play pro since I started.
Do you have a favorite on-court moment? My three-point shot against Georgia and winning two national championships!
Do you have any superstitions or rituals? If so, what are they and how did they come about? I have to chew gum when I play, it relaxes my nerves and keeps me from being too hyped to play!
Name a coach who has inspired you and describe how he/she improved your game and/or helped in your development off the court. My trainer at home melvin burke he helped me improve my game by always telling me that if I wanted success I had to earn it by putting the time in on the court. This in turn helped me off the court because i carried this attitude into everything i did (school, work, family, etc).
Which other sports do you play? Would you rate yourself as a beginner, novice, expert, or master? Volleyball-novice.
What are your hobbies or primary interests outside of basketball? Movies, braiding hair, cooking, babysitting my nieces and nephews.
What other talents are you proud of? Cooking, braiding hair.
How would others describe you? "Life of the party," and outgoing.
How would you describe yourself? The same.
Describe the most unusual thing that ever happened to you. Being at the wnba draft and having my name called i was numb to the whole thing!!
What is one surprising fact about you that people do not know? I am really goofy and love to crack jokes.
What was a defining moment in your life and why? Signing the letter of intent to attend the university of connecticut because coming from where i came from not many people expected and i have exceeded those expectations and fulfilled my dreams of being a professional.
What is your favorite food? Pork chops.
What is your favorite color? Lilac/blue.
What is your favorite book? Confessions of a Video Vixen.
What is your favorite movie? I have a lot but Love Jones is my favorite.
Who is your favorite television show? Law and Order
Who is your favorite actress? Nia Long/Sanaa Lathan.
Who is your favorite actor Boris Kodjoe, Morris Chestnut, Mike Epps
Who is your favorite musician/artist? Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Best song of all time? Imaginary Player by Jay-Z.
Favorite place to visit/spend time? My apartment.
When your playing career is over, what might you pursue financially and why? Law because I've always wanted to do it and i think with my ability to articulate I would be a good lawyer.

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