Time Out With... Ivory Latta
Ivory Latta and her North Carolina Tar Heels fell to Tennessee in the semifinals of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Soon after, the Detroit Shock used their 11th overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft to acquire Latta. Currently a reserve for the squad, Latta is adapting to the WNBA and is getting accustomed to the unconventional coaching style of Bill Laimbeer. Get to know Ivory Latta a little better in the latest edition of "Time Out."
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  • Do you have any nicknames?
    "Baby Iverson, because I model my game after Allen Iverson."
    Where are you from?
    "McConnells, South Carolina."
    Where do you live now?
    "Auburn Hills, Michigan."
    What high school did you attend?
    "York Comprehensive High School."
    What college did you attend?
    "University of North Carolina."
    What did you study in school?
    "Exercise Sports Science and Sports Management."
    If you could play one-on-one against any other player or athlete, who would it be?
    "Michael Jordan, because he came from my school and he is the greatest."
    When did you become interested in the game of basketball and when did you decide you wanted to pursue it professionally?
    "I became interested in basketball at about five or six years old. I became interested in being a professional when the WNBA started."
    Do you have a favorite on-court moment?
    "I cherish every moment on the court."
    Do you have any superstitions or rituals?
    "I always talk to my mom and my dad before every game."
    Of which achievement are you most proud?
    "I am most proud of winning my high school championship during my junior year."
    What qualities do you think you bring to a team?
    "I bring a lot of enthusiasm, excitement and my little spunk."
    Do you have any brothers or sisters?
    "I am the youngest of seven. I have four brothers and two sisters."
    What are your parents' names and occupations?
    "My mother's name is Chenna Latta. She is a quality supervisor at a plant in South Carolina. My dad is Charles Latta. He is also a quality supervisor."
    Is anyone in your family involved in sports?
    "I have one cousin, her name is Tiffany Johnson. She played for the Houston Comets and won all the championships with them."
    Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of basketball? "I love playing video games."
    If you were not a basketball player, what would you be?
    "I would be a pediatrician or a physical therapist. I love being around kids."
    What is your favorite food?
    "Sirloin steaks."
    What is your favorite movie?
    "Love and Basketball."
    What is your favorite television show?
    "CSI: Miami, New York and Las Vegas."
    Who is your favorite actor?
    "Morgan Freeman."
    Who is your favorite actress?
    "Sanaa Lathan."
    How would others describe you? "I am definitely the life of the party."
    What is one surprising fact about you that not many people know?
    "I ride dirt bikes and four wheelers. I am a daredevil."

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