Time Out With... Kamesha Hairston
She's learned from one of the best in Temple coach and WNBA legend Dawn Staley and now Connecticut Sun first-round pick Kamesha Hairston is embarking on her own pro career. Get to know her better in the latest edition of "Time Out."
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  • Do you have a nickname?
    "Mesha."
    Where are you from?
    "Toledo, Ohio."
    When did you become interested in basketball?
    "I became interested in basketball when I was in the fourth grade. My best friend growing up introduced me to the game."
    When did you decide you wanted to pursue it professionally?
    "In the middle of (last) season (playing for Temple)."
    What is your favorite all-time on-court moment?
    "My sophmore year, I scored 31 points and hit the game winner against Xavier University."
    Do you have any pregame superstitions or rituals?
    "I listen to gospel music before every game. It soothes my spirit and helps me relax."
    Is there a coach who really inspired you? How have they improved your game and helped in your development off the court?
    "My coach (at Temple), Dawn Staley. She has broken the game down for me in every aspect. She taught me that the disciple you have on the court will prepare you for life. I now have a better understanding of basketball both mentally and physically."
    Who were the major non-basketball influences in your life?
    "My parents have been great influences in my life. They have supported me in everything that I do and encouraged me to continue to pursue my dreams."
    How would others describe you as a person?
    "Others would describe me as very shy and silly."
    How would you describe yourself?
    "I would describe myself as a very reserved and focused individual."
    What are your hobbies outside of basketball?
    "I love to shop and sleep!"
    What's the most unusual thing that has ever happened to you?
    "When i was six years old, I was playing catch with a boomerang and it split my head open right above my eye."
    What is one surprising fact about you that not many people know?
    "I can't dance at all... and my (college) teammates told me if there was a team for dancing, I would be the last person off of the bench."
    What is your favorite food?
    "Spaghetti."
    What is your favorite color?
    "Blue."
    What is your favorite book?
    "Real Leadership by John Maxwell."
    What is your favorite movie?
    "I fell in love with Miami Vice recently, but I love all comedies. The Madea movies/plays are my favorites."
    What is your favorite television show?
    "Girlfriends."
    Who is your favorite actress?
    "Halle Berry."
    Who is your favorite actor?
    "Denzel Washington."
    Who is your favorite musician or artist?
    "Whitney Houston."
    What is your favorite song of all time?
    "Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston."
    When your playing career is over, what might you pursue professionally?
    "When my playing career is over, I would like to open my own sports facility in my home town
    If you were not a basketball player, what would you be?
    "If I didn't play basketball, I think I would be in school for early childhood education."
    How do you plan to prepare for that career while playing basketball?
    "I would like to take classes in the entrepreneurial field and also learn how to write grants."

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