Meagan Hamilton sat quietly and answered each question in a soft voice. The Austin High senior wasn’t in her element. She’s the shy type who prefers when the spotlight is shined elsewhere.
That’s unfortunate, too.
With a little prodding, Hamilton relaxed and gave a glimpse of her good-natured personality. She’s a sweet, caring young lady who loves basketball.
And she’s pretty good at it, too.
Hamilton has made a name for herself as a shooting guard with a beautiful 3-pointer. Or better yet, the quiet girl with the loud shot.
Hamilton met Wednesday with Decatur Daily sports writer Justin Graves to answer 10 questions:
Question: If you were going to pick up another sport, what would it be?
Answer: Either volleyball or softball. Probably softball because I played when I was younger, but gave it up because of basketball.
Q: How much time do you spend each day shooting basketball?
A: I shoot at least every day, anywhere from an hour to four hours. It just depends how much time I have. It never gets old.
Q: You have a lot of confidence in your 3-point shot. When did that become your comfort zone?
A: I got comfortable with my shot in middle school. My coach at the time changed my shot and it started getting better. It’s something I’ve worked on a lot over the years.
Q: With AAU and your high school team, you have little down time between basketball seasons. Does that get tiring?
A: No. I love playing basketball. It never gets old. I love playing AAU, and I love playing here (at Austin).
Q: If you had an extra $50 that you could only spend on yourself, what would you buy?
A: I would buy a puppy. I love dogs. I have a half dachshund, half yorkie at home, but I would love to have another puppy.
Q: What is your favorite class here at school?
A: Medical professions. We get to go to hospitals and places to see the type of work nurses do. That’s something I’ve always been interested in. When I was younger, I got a chance to go to Belize four years in a row. My mom, she’s a nurse, and she got invited to go over there, and she wanted me to go. It was good for me because it made me realize how lucky we are. It made me grateful for everything we have in our country.
Q: You’re not related to your coach, Bruce Hamilton, but you do have the same last name. How often do you get asked if the two of you are related?
A: I get asked that all the time. People have been asking me that question ever since middle school. Even people that go to school here ask me that. People are like, ‘Is he your uncle? Is he your cousin?’ Here at practice, people give us a hard time about it.
Q: What’s it like to play for Bruce Hamilton?
A: It’s fun. He jokes a whole lot. There’s never a dull moment.
Q: Are there any interesting personalities on this team?
A: Alisha (Davis). She’s a fun person to be around. She’s crazy.
Q: What part of your game has improved most during the past few years?A: I’m going to say defense, but I’m not sure if Coach Hamilton would always agree with me. That’s something he stays on me about. Even though I’m a shooter, you’ve got to be able to play defense to stay on the floor. As he always points out, playing defense is the most important part of basketball.
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