Q: How was your experience at the Pre-Draft Camp?
“It was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. The drills on the first day were challenging but that is why we play this game – to compete and work harder. So it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve been around a lot of great girls and it was been a great experience.”
Q: Were there any skills that you were looking to highlight for people who might not have gotten a chance to see you play as much?
“Most of the scouts, coaches and GMs have seen us play, but they want to see how we interact with people on the court, how we act during drills, how we react when we mess up – the things that are, in my opinion, more about personality.”
Q: Are there any skills you feel you need to improve at the next level?
“There are always skills you can work on to improve no matter if you are the world’s greatest player or just starting out, there is always something to improve. Personally, I need to work on foot speed and some ball-handling skills. Where I have played up to this point, I was not needed to stay outside and far from the basket, but in the future, I will likely have to do that more.”
Q: Are there any current WNBA players that you look up to?
“There are a lot of really good players in the WNBA, but there is no one that I will look up to more than my brother. He did not play college ball, but when he played in high school, he was the “go-do-it” guy. If the team needed a rebound, they would put in my brother and he went in and did it. He never scored a lot of points, but he always stayed in there and worked hard. As much as I like the WNBA and the players in the league, my brother holds a very special and high place in my heart and mind.”
Q: Do you have any preference which team drafts you and where you end up?
“In all honesty, I would love to be able to join a team in Texas. My home and family is there, I don’t get as made fun of for my accent there. But it’s one of those things where I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope I go there, but I’m not going to hold my breath.”
Q: The Big 12 really had some great centers this year that you got to play against. Your thoughts on Nicole Ohlde?
“She is a great player. She is an offensive threat anywhere from 15 feet in. She has all types of moves, she can handle the ball, go coast-to-coast. She plays really great defense though Kansas State hardly ever matched up man-to-man with us. It was always a zone defense, so maybe she isn’t that great of a defender... No she knows I’m just messing with her.”
Q: And Colorado's Tera Bjorklund?
“If you ever get underneath the basket, she’s deadly. For the first couple of years, she had a right-on left hook and the last couple of years, she has developed a right hook to the point now where she is lethal either way. At 6-5, hitting hook shots, that’s hard to beat.”
Q: Are there any other prospects out there that you think we should watch out for?
There are a lot of prospects in this Draft that may take some people by surprise, but it all depends on situations. My graduating class is one of the best, if not the best. It has been that way since high school. There is just so much balanced. Shereka Wright is an under-sized three-player, but she gets to the free throw line all the time. Erika Valek is just a great point guard. Nicole Ohlde and Tera Bjorklund are outstanding in the post. I could name names forever and not get them all. And to top it off, we have the All-Stars in Diana Taurasi and Alana Beard who have gotten so much attention and have really helped their college programs out so much.”
Q: Is reaching the WNBA a realization of a dream for you?
“Growing up, my dream was always to play in the Olympics. When I was very little, there wasn’t a WNBA, but it came around when I got to high school and that was one of the things that I aspired to. But I always wanted to go to the Olympics and to win a medal. I wanted to do it for my grandfather, who fought in World War II and just recently passed away. He meant so much to me and this is something that I want to do for him. The WNBA is great, but what would ultimately be the greatest accomplishment for me would be to win a gold medal for the United States at the Olympics.”