July 12, 2012
Junior guard Shayra Brown played in all 30 games last season, making 12 starts. She led the team in three-point shooting percentage at a 37.8 percent clip and was third on the team in scoring average with 7.6 points per game. She sat down with BC Athletics to discuss her busy summer and looked ahead at the upcoming season.
Between the two jobs you are working, the week you spent working the BC Girls' Basketball Camp, and the team workouts how have you been managing your time and making sure you are able to do everything?
I think the biggest thing is time management. I have class on Monday and Wednesday nights and then on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. I get my team workouts done between 6:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. That way I am able to get everything in and go to work during the day. I work in the Cadigan Alumni Center and also in the Boston College Help Center in the Campus Technology Resource Center. At night I get about an hour of studying in before going to bed. I've been able to balance it all pretty well, though.
Outside of basketball, what would you say is your favorite aspect of Boston College?
I would say just being able to go into Boston. Whether it's the movies, going to the Commons, Mike's Pastry, or just hanging out, it is always a fun time.
What do you think is the biggest thing that the team will take away from last season in preparing for the upcoming season?
A lot of things that happened last season made us closer and continued to make us stronger as a team. We definitely have a more positive outlook on the upcoming season.
Your team has been working out extremely hard since getting back to campus at the end of June. What is something you are really focusing on improving, with regards to your game, this summer?
I have been working a lot on general skill development - ball handling and shooting, mostly. I have been focusing a lot on my mid-range game in trying to improve my shooting. By now, your team has gotten a chance to get to know the new coaching staff.
Tell us about Coach Erik Johnson - what type of person is he?
He is a very energetic guy, and a genuinely nice person. I think he is going to be able to bring a lot out of us and get us to play up to our potential. Working with him personally, he has really brought the most out of me and my game. I'm really excited to work with him.
How about the assistant coaches? How do you see each of them contributing to the development of the team?
They are all really nice people. I really couldn't ask for anything better. They're all really interested in our academics and making sure we focus on things off the court, as well as on the court. On the court, they are really vocal.
What has been the overarching motto or goal that the coaches have been preaching to the team?
All of the coaches keep telling us to make sure we're working on our game, individually and also collectively. Since the coaches have been traveling and recruiting, our strength coach Thomas Shruhan has been the one to monitor us and he does a really good job at keeping us grounded.
Tell us about the freshmen - Nicole Boudreau, Amber Cooper, and Alexa Coulombe. What have you observed of them in the workouts and in the pickup games you girls have played?
The freshmen need work and can improve aspects of their game. So far, they fit really well within our team. They have been handling the workouts. They have been responsive to our strength coach, which is great! I'm definitely excited to play with them.
And how about newcomer Karima Gabriel - how has she been fitting in with the rest of the team?
She's getting along with everyone pretty well and she is getting adjusted to the "BC life".
Who has surprised you the most so far this summer - someone who has improved their game immensely or someone working really hard to get better?
From what I have seen, I believe that everyone is working really hard, even when they're tired. Kerri Shields has done a good job of being a leader and pushing everyone at the end of pickup.
As you prepare for next season, what is the one thing you are looking forward to the most - a game, a trip, a practice, or a moment during the season?
I just can't wait for the season to start, in general. I am definitely excited for our ACC/Big Ten Challenge game against Northwestern because it's home this year. I am really looking forward to that game.
- Interview conducted by Brad Fadem, Media Relations Assistant