Leading up to the April 15 draft, WNBA.com will be posting Q&As with the draft invitees so they can introduce themselves to WNBA fans.
One of the strongest rebounders in the draft, Hawkins is one of only three Maryland players (the other two are WNBA players Marissa Coleman and Crystal Langhorne) to grab 1,000 career rebounds. An All-ACC First Team pick, the 6-foot-3 Hawkins also averaged 18.0 points per game her senior season.
Check out Tianna's prospect profile.
What three words best describe your game?
Aggressive, Athletic, Efficient.
What strengths, qualities or skills will be able to bring to a WNBA team?
Relentless rebounding ability; the ability to run the floor, the ability to shoot the midrange to 3-point range.
Courtesy of Maryland Athletics
Adjusting to my new lifestyle.
What specific skills do you need to work on in order to succeed at this level?
Face-up game and attacking the hoop under control.
When were you introduced to the game of basketball?
Going into Middle School
When did you know you wanted to be a professional basketball player? And, given that dream, when did you realize that you had a legitimate shot of doing so?
When I first started playing basketball. I realized I had a great shot during my Junior year.
What do you think it will feel like when your name first gets called and who will you share the moment with?
There would be a huge sigh of relief and I will be sharing that moment with my mother and grandfather.
Once you get settled in a new team, do you have any first-year goals in mind?
Continue to grow as a player. Help my team get to the Finals and be the best rookie.
What WNBA players are you most looking forward to playing against or meeting?
What is your best on-court moment?
Grabbing my 24th rebound in a single game.
Tell your new fans something that most people do not know about you?
I have a twin sister.
How would you describe yourself? (i.e. outgoing, shy, silly, generous, life of the party)
Shy, initially. Goofy and clumsy.
What’s your favorite movie? What type of music do you listen to? Any particular artists that you listen to prior to a game?
Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight. Favorite type of Music: R&B, R&B and R&B
Do you use social media? If so, what platform? And, would you like to share your information with your new fans?
Facebook (Tianna Marie), Twitter (T_hawk21), and Instragram (T_hawk21). Yes!