1. When did you fall in love with the game of basketball?
I come from a basketball family, so I have had passion for the game as long as I can remember. My grandpa took me to the outdoor courts every single day after school and since then I have spent almost every single day around the game. I absolutely love playing but I am also so grateful for the doors it has opened up for me.
2. Who were some of your favorite players to watch growing up?
Growing up, my favorite players were Kobe Bryant and Sue Bird. They changed the game in so many ways and I loved their mindset and approach to everything. John Paxson being family always has a special place in my heart as well. Huge Chicago fan!
3. What was attractive about Thomas More’s basketball program compared to the other schools that were recruiting you?
The culture of Thomas More’s basketball program is so so special. The team is very close knit and the support from fans and alumni is truly amazing. Coach Hans has built something incredible here and his record proves it with now having three National Championships. I wanted to be a part of something big and I had full trust in him and the team. I was so drawn to the passion everyone at Thomas More has on and off the floor.
4. Where is your favorite place to play?
My favorite place to play is definitely the home court at Connor Convocation Center but playing in the Tyson Events Center for the National Tournament is up there!
5. Your team just won the NAIA championship, what was your journey like and how did it feel to win?
The feeling is truly indescribable. My journey and my team’s journey has been pretty crazy. My first two years of college, I was at a school ranked at the bottom of the conference so transferring here was a major turn around. From the beginning, I knew we were more than capable of winning it all but to see it actually unfold in front of me has been one of the best feelings in the world. This team has been through so much and every single person, players and coaches, have dedicated so much time and effort to this season. Laying on the floor and watching confetti fall with all of them by my side will be a memory I hold forever. I wouldn’t want to accomplish this with anybody else. I am so proud.
6. What are some of your goals for next season and in the future as a basketball player?
Next year, as a senior my expectations are just as high for this program. The main goal for next season is to go get another NAIA National Championship. Thomas More is moving to NCAA Division II after next year, so winning back to back would be a great way to go out. After an upsetting loss in the conference tournament this year, winning the Mid-South is another major goal we will have. More than anything, I would just love to end my career as a back to back National Champion!