November 9, 2022
Locked on Women’s Basketball: Yale’s Lilah Grubman plays point guard—and the tuba
Howard and Lilah Grubman chat about her musical background—playing point guard and her injury
It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This episode features host Howard Megdal catching up with Lilah Grubman, the renaissance woman entering her freshman year at Yale. Though a knee injury is keeping her out of action in 2022-23, Grubman is someone to pay attention to.
Lilah Grubman talks about her musical background and playing the tuba:
“It is an interesting story. So I actually started off in elementary school playing the flute. And I just was not a fan of it. I don’t know why; I generally love playing any instrument you give me. But for some reason, the flute and I just weren’t a match. So when I moved on to middle school, sixth grade, the band director was like, we need more tubas because we didn’t have any tuba players. Would anyone like to try it out? And I jumped at the opportunity, anything to get me away from playing the flute. And then I guess I just fell in love with playing the tuba. So kind of went from there.
For me, I don’t think it was actually that much of an adjustment. I guess my sports background kind of helped with that because my lung capacity was already pretty good. I was already pretty strong. So it was definitely a big adjustment from the flute. But overall, not too much to adjust to. But definitely marching band and pep band in high school that was a workout.”
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Lilah Grubman talks about viewing the game differently due to her injury and being on the sidelines:
“Yeah, this is something I would actually think about a lot. So I started kind of thinking about it as a blessing in disguise, or maybe not as far as a blessing. But it definitely has its benefits because I’m the type of player who likes to think; I like to watch, learn and observe. And that’s kind of how I adjust how I acclimate.
I think, in general gets me a better sense of what college basketball is like. And there’s definitely stuff that happens on the court that I’m missing. You know, just the experience of being out there, feeling the pace of the game and getting used to all of that, which will definitely be an adjustment in the future when I do come back. But in terms of the IQ aspect of it, I think that being on the sidelines and being able to watch and learn is definitely an added benefit.”
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