TIME OUT WITH...
ASTOU NDIAYE-DIATTA
She once worked as a hairdresser and has been playing internationally for 15 years, but even more amazing is that Fever forward Astou Ndiaye-Diatta has more than twenty brothers and sisters. Get to know the Senegal native in the latest "Time Out."
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  • What is your hometown?
    "Kaolack, Senegal, in West Africa."
    Do you have any nicknames?
    "Stoussy."
    Have you ever played for your national team?
    "Yes, the Senegalese National Team from 1990 - present."
    What is your favorite NBA team?
    "I like the Houston Rockets."
    If you could play one-on-one against anyone, who would it be?
    "Hakeem Olajuwon."
    Who has been a role model for you in basketball?
    "A lady I call 'Sister,' Fatou Kine Ndiaye, who used to play professionally in France. She lived across the street from me in Senegal."
    Favorite food?
    "Rice and fish (Senegalese food) and a turkey sandwich."
    Favorite artist or type of music?
    "Carribbean music"
    Favorite television show growing up?
    "The Cosby Show"
    Favorite movie?
    "Mrs. Doubtfire."
    Favorite book?
    "The Koran."
    Most unusual job?
    "Hairdresser."
    Do you play any other sports?
    "Ping pong."
    Where is your favorite place to play overseas?
    "France."
    What other talents are you proud of?
    "I am fluent in five languages."
    Do you have any superstitions or pre-game rituals?
    "No sleep two hours prior to a game, no shower two hours before a game either - I feel heavy."
    What is your favorite on-court moment?
    "I just like when I shut the baseline off when someone is driving."
    Do you have any brothers and sisters?
    "Yes! Over 20 siblings. All of their names would not fit on this page."
    What was a defining moments or time in your life?
    "Coming to the United States for school."
    What advice would you offer to young basketball players?
    "Practice... It's the best way to get better. And work on the fundamentals. Discipline is most important."
    What types of causes do you support?
    "The Special Olympics."
    What do you do in your spare time?
    "Be with family, read, cook, hang out with friends, dancing, going to the beach and seeing movies."
    What would you be doing if you were not a basketball player?
    "Work on my Master's Degree."
    When your playing career is over, what might you pursue?
    "I will be in business between Senegal and the United States."

    (Photos by Ron Hoskins/NBAE/Getty Images)

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