Getting To Know U: Freshman Kennady McQueen
Ready to play is an understatement when describing freshman and ESPN Top 100 recruit Kennady McQueen. The Henefer, Utah, native brings her range and toughness to the Jon M. Huntsman Center this season after earning Utah Gatorade Player of the Year.
The three-time all-state selection caught up with UtahUtes.com to chat about her mother's ties to Utah, what she does during her free time, and who her favorite professional basketball player is.
Q: How old were you when you started playing basketball and what attracted you to the sport?
A: For as long as I can remember I've been playing basketball. My whole family played basketball so I was always around it and spent a ton of time in a gym with them.
Q: Are you the youngest or oldest between your siblings?
A: I am the youngest in my family and I have a sister and a brother. Growing up with them made me so competitive. One-on-one games never ended nicely.
Q: Who would you say you take after most in your family and why?
A: I would say I take after my mom the most. I have her competitive nature and her will to win. When she played at Utah, she would do whatever it would take to get the win and that is exactly how I am.
Q: With your mother also being an alum of the Utah women's basketball program, how did that play into your decision to come to Utah?
A: It definitely played a role when deciding where to play. Growing up it was always my dream to play at the U. because my mom said how much she loved it. Then as I grew up, I realized how awesome the University of Utah is for myself and I knew for a fact that was where I wanted to play.
Thank you to the schools that took the time to recruit me. I also want to thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches who have helped me along the way. With that being said, I have decided to follow in my mother's footsteps and commit to the University of Utah! Go Utes! ???? pic.twitter.com/n1Ku1byHpZ
— Kennady McQueen (@KennadyMcqueen) January 3, 2019
Q: What did it mean to you to be named Utah Gatorade Player of the Year?
A: Being named Utah Gatorade Player of the Year meant a lot to me. It was a testament to me that no matter where I was from, how big of school I went to, and how many people I knew, anything is possible with hard work and determination.
North Summit's Kennady McQueen said winning the individual award was an example that someone from a small area can still gain national attention if they work at their craft.https://t.co/B3SYvN4Alz
— The Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) April 1, 2020
Q: What was it like being all-state in two different sports and what was it like juggling multiple sports in high school?
A: I loved being a two-sport athlete. Being from a small school, most of my teammates from volleyball were my same teammates for basketball so we were all super close. At times it was tough to juggle two sports at a time. I would wake up, go to school, go to volleyball practice, do homework, eat dinner, go to the gym, shower, repeat. It was tiring and hard to balance but it was needed in order to be successful in both sports.
Q: How would you describe your style of play in just three words?
A: Competitive, hustler, leader.
Q: Who is your favorite professional basketball player and why?
A: Damian Lillard because he is a leader, hard worker, determined, and he is an underdog.
Congrats to two of our incoming Utes for their @McDAAG nominations ??
— Utah Women's Basketball (@UTAHWBB) January 15, 2020
Q: If you could go pro in a sport other than basketball, what would it be and why?
A: I would chose volleyball because I loved playing in high school and the sport itself is so entertaining.
Q: What do you plan to study at the U. and why?
A: I plan on majoring in kinesiology and getting my masters in athletic training. I want to work with athletes every day and help athletes return to their sport after an injury.
Q: Do you have any hidden talents or skills that our fans don't know about?
A: I love playing Fortnite or NBA2k when I have some free time.
Q: What about Utah made you want to play here?
A: EVERYTHING. I love the people first and foremost. The people here; from my teammates, coaching staff, to academic personal, are top notch. Everyone is so determined, hardworking, kind, and genuine. I also love only being 45 minutes from my hometown so I am able to see my family often. Utah is also in the Pac-12, which is the best women's basketball conference out there. Me being the competitive person that I am, I wanted to compete at the highest level possible against the best of the best.
"Kennady is competitive, athletic and can shoot like crazy. She embodies what we want to recruit - toughness and competitiveness - and she has the talent. ?? @utescoachrob
— Utah Women's Basketball (@UTAHWBB) November 13, 2019