July 28, 2022
Locked on Women’s Basketball: Naz your typical rookie
Naz Hillmon has exceeded expectations this season, as have the Dream as a team. Hillmon joins the show to explain how they've done it.
It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. Today’s episode features host Howard Megdal, who is joined by breakout Atlanta Dream rookie Naz Hillmon. Hillmon talks about shattering expectations, both individually and as a team, along with her reach and rebounding prowess.
Hillmon on adjusting to a level of competition where she does not immediately dominate:
It was a lot of talking to myself, honestly. Making sure that I always stay ready. Obviously [the WNBA season] is condensed. A lot of games, and not as many people on your team as [in college] … Whenever my number is called, to be ready
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Hillmon on playing in the WNBA more than two decades after her mother, NaSheema Anderson, had just 15 games in the ABL before it folded:
She’s just one of my biggest supporters, so much in high school, college and professionally, because she’s done it all. And honestly gave up her professional career to have a family. So, you know, just because of her sacrifices that she made before I was born. … Her commitment to me for so many years, she’s been to so many games … definitely a tribute to her.
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