Big Game, Small Ego

Aug. 1, 2005

Big Game, Small Ego

Brooke Smith may play a big game on the basketball court but her off-court personality is far from big. The 6'3' forward is soft-spoken, polite and witty off the court. The intelligence she puts into her classes at Stanford University and an aspiring medical career is apparent on the court, evidenced in the Cardinal's NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2004-05.

Smith sat out the 2003-04 season after transfering from Duke University but came back strong in 2004-05. The 6'3' forward averaged 13.3 ppg. and 5.5 rpg. Her 61 percent field goal percentage ranked seventh nationally and second in the Pacific-10 Conference.

The San Anselmo, Calif., native chatted with after the team's sixth practice session and prior to the announcement of the official 12-member team. Smith offered insight into the team, coaching staff and her desire to pursue medicine after basketball.

What was your reaction when you were selected as a finalist?
I was really excited to be named a finalist because a bunch of really great players tried out. I'm just really excited to be a part of it.

What does it mean to you to wear a USA uniform?
I think it would be a total thrill to play in the World University Games in Turkey. I've never been over there so everything should be really fun and exciting. I'd love to play for my country.

Full Q&A with Brooke Smith

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