PREP SPOTLIGHT: Ashanti Hines
By JORDAN ANDERS
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Sophomore point guard Ashanti Hines is in her second season starting on North Pitt’s girls’ basketball team. Hines chatted with Reflector prep sports beat writer Jordan Anders this week about her love of basketball and the strength of her shoe game.
Q: How long have you been playing basketball?
A: Since I was little, like 5 (years old).
Q: What got you interested in playing it?
A: My dad, (Dwayne).
Q: How did that happen?
A: One day, I was outside just dribbling a ball and he just told me that he knew I was going to be good, so I was going to start playing.
Q: You’ve been playing basketball for quite a while. What is it that has kept you involved in it?
A: It’s something I love to do so I’ve just stuck with it. I like playing with my teammates and having fun.
Q: Are you from the Greenville area?
Q: I’m guessing that means you’ve known your North Pitt teammates since you were pretty young, right?
Q: How much does that help you guys on the floor?
A: We just all click together and talk about what’s going on. We talk about what we can all do better to help us win.
Q: Have you always played point guard?
Q: What do you enjoy about playing that position?
A: Handling the ball and getting all my teammates together so that we all can score and stuff.
Q: The point guard usually kind of runs the show for the offense. Does the fact you’re only a sophomore make that an awkward role or do your teammates respond to you pretty well?
A: It’s a little bit of both. Sometimes, they’ll tell me what to do, too, but we all just help each other out.
Q: What’s the strongest part of your game on the floor?
A: Scoring and handling the ball.
Q: You started pretty much all last year as a freshman. Has the way you play the game changed at all with a year of experience under your belt?
A: It does because I know more about high school basketball now that I played varsity last year. I basically know what to do now.
Q: Do you play any other sports at North Pitt?
A: No. Just basketball.
Q: Are there any other sports that you might be interested in playing?
A: No. [laughs]
Q: Well let’s wrap it up away from the court. What’s your favorite thing to do that’s not related to basketball or school?
Q: Shopping for what?
A: I like clothes and shoes. Mostly shoes, though.
Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own?
A: Like 10, I’d say. Most of them are (Air) Jordans.
Q: How many pairs of Jordans do you have?
A: I’d say about six out of the 10.
Q: What’s the newest pair you have?
A: The Jordan 11s.
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