Chicago's star rookie forward Candice Dupree looks familiar, it may be because
you've seen her twin sister. The former star at Temple under the tutelage of Dawn
Staley considers the All-Decade great her mentor. Yet if not a basketball star,
Dupree would most likely be a doctor, which might be a good way to support her
shopping habits. Get to know this saxophone-playing forward in the latest installment
of Time Out.
Midwest City, Oklahoma
When did you
become interested in the game of basketball and when did you decide you wanted
to pursue it professionally?
I became interested around the age of 10. I didn't decide that I wanted to play
professionally until my junior year of college.
you have any superstitions or rituals? If so, what are they and how did they come
always wear an armband on my left arm to cover up a scar. I always have to start
the game off with a fresh piece of either Double Mint or Extra gum.
Name a coach
who has inspired you and describe how he/she improved your game and/or helped
in your development off the court.
Staley because she has played at every level of basketball possible. She has helped
me to become a lot more aggressive, and to see how much potential and how good
of a player I really am. Coach Staley has also helped me to understand how the
majority of the things that a person does on the court reflects how they are outside
of basketball. So it's in your best interest to always work hard and to give it
everything you've got!
you have any brothers or sisters? If so, what are their names and ages?
Crystal Dupree, 21 (Twin sister)
sports do you play? Would you rate yourself as a beginner, novice, expert, or
are your hobbies or primary interests outside of basketball?
Shopping for sneakers and basically shopping
for other things I don't need!
other talents are you proud of?
fact that I am a natural athlete and pick up almost any sport very easily. I play
were the major non-basketball influences in your life?
My mom because she is the one that pushed
me to stay with basketball when I felt like I didn't want to pursue it. She was
also a single parent for the majority of my childhood but always managed to make
sure her kids were well take care of and had everything they needed.
How would others
be shy at times but I have a good sense of humor. I can be critical at times but
all in all I am looking out for your best interest.
would you describe yourself?
enjoy making people laugh. I myself know that I am a very critical person. I like
to keep people happy and am willing to do anything for just about anyone.
What is one
surprising fact about you that many people do not know?
That I have a twin sister.
which achievement are you most proud?
Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Tournament MVP two years
in a row in my conference.
was a defining moment in your life and why?
a full basketball scholarship to Temple University because it payed for my college
education and hopefully I will be moving on to play professionally.
you were not a basketball player, what would you be?
I would probably want to be some type of
is your favorite food?
is your favorite color?
What is your
Little Devotional For Graduates.
is your favorite movie?
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Who is your
song to do a karaoke number to?
place to visit/spend time?
your playing career is over, what might you pursue financially and why?
Trying to own my own workout facility because
it will be within the sports realm but more on the business side.