“ You can always concentrate, hustle and have a great attitude.” - Skylar Diggins
Talia Gray attended our camp in Detroit. She was the definition of a true leader, she was vocal and an encouragement to the young women she was playing with. She was one of the smaller guards in her group yet she played big, she was not afraid to get down in the paint with the big girls and fight for the ball. There were times when she took a hit but that did not stop her. As a point guard she did a great job of seeing the floor and her teammates. Her hustle was one that could not be matched, she truly left it all out on the floor. We enjoyed having her, she was focused and always ready to learn. She kept a great attitude the entire time and remained composed whenever she made a mistake. She worked well with her team and continued to go hard no matter how tired she got. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Talia to ask her a few questions.
What grade are you in?
How long have you been playing?
Since I was 5 or 6.
Do you want to play at the next level?
What do you want to do in the future?
I want to be an athletic trainer or physical therapist.
What do you love most about the game?
The excitement it brings me while I am on the court, I get a lot of joy out of being on the floor.
What inspires you to keep going?
My granny does, she does not remember this now because she has dementia but she was the one that pushed for me when I was younger.
What do you do to get ready for a game?
I have to have fun and laugh so I like to crack jokes with my teammates and coach to lighten the mood.
How often do you work on your game?
Every chance I get. I have a gym class so when I am in that class I shoot around.
Do you want to play in the WNBA?
What team would you like to play for?
I really don’t know.
How did Skylar inspire you today?
Her drive, her motivation to get better and to help others.
Is there anything you would like to say to sky?
Thank you for pushing me to step up and to be a leader, you really encouraged me today.
Any encouraging words for her?
Yes, Keep pushing and inspiring people to get better and keep going.
Any last words?
I really enjoyed this camp! It has made me want to keep pushing and get better. It has also made me want to extend my basketball career.
As camp ended Talia had the coaches attention. She received lots of encouragement and well wishes for what is to come. She is a senior this year and will be starting a new chapter as freshman in college. We are excited for her future and we are confident that she will have a major impact wherever she decides to go.