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I recently caught up with the 6'6" Infiniti Alston and she explained why she transferred from Western to St.Frances. She talked about her summer with Boo Williams and shared a funny story.
695: How old were you when you first started playing?
Infiniti:I was around 10 or 11.
695: What teams have you played for?
Infiniti: MYBA Wildcats, Baltimore Ravens, Shooting Stars Gold, & Boo Williams 16u Elite.
695: How tall are you now?
695: What part of town did you grow up in?
Infiniti: I grew up in West Baltimore on Bentalou St.
695: Why the move from Western to St.Frances?
Infiniti: Some schools weren't meant for everybody and Western just wasn't meant for me. I feel like I fit in better at St. Frances as a player and a student. I like what St. Frances has done with their progrram over the years and I'm really excited to be apart of that.
695: Talk about your time with Boo Williams...how was that? How hard is it to commute that far for practice?
Infiniti: I loved Boo Williams! That was the best team I ever played for. The coaching staff was very experienced, they taught me a lot of new basketball skills and life skills to prepare me for college, and it was a family environment. You definitely had to be very committed to drive to Hampton, Virginia every weekend for 3 months. The drive was about 5-6 hours with traffic, but I think it was well worth it.
695: You're right, that is a big commitment but it looks like it helped you.
What did you add to your game over the summer?
Infiniti: I'm always in the gym working on my game. I mostly just worked on trying to get back in to game shape this summer after coming back from my hip injury last year while playing for Western. One thing I'm proud of though is my spin move. I've been working on it for some time now, but I think I finally perfected it.
695: That's good. You'll need that going forward
What else do you need to work on?
Infiniti: I need to work on staying out of foul trouble and that comes with reducing the number of offensive fouls I get in a game. I have to learn how to keep my hands straight up and not putting my body into people when they're going up for a shot. I have a tendency to swing my elbows when I'm doing post moves and some referees aren't as easy going about it as others. This season we don't have a lot of players so I really can't afford to be in foul trouble.
695; What are your goals for this high school season?
Infiniti: My goals for this season are to step into the role in becoming a leader on and off the court, finishing my shots, closing big games. We have a really young team this year with only two seniors and the rest of us are only freshmen and sophmores. I know I might be considered young but I'm really looking forward to the oppurtunity to prove everyone wrong and show that I'm ready for this responsibility.
695: Tell me a funny AAU road trip story....
Infiniti: When you went on the road with Boo Williams 16u last year there was never a dull moment. I remember one weekend while we were in Hampton for a practice we went out to dinner as a team. Coming back from dinner not everyone had a ride so it just so happened that the 5 tallest people on the team had to ride back in the same car. While we were driving back Drake's song "Over" started playing and we all got real hype and excited and started singing along the whole way back to the hotel. When we got to the parking lot we all got out the car and started dancing. Everyone was looking at us but we didn't care, justt imagine five 6-footers getting out of a small car and start randomly dancing... too funny !
695: I bet people stopped to watch. Can you dance? Can you teach me how to Dougie?
Infiniti: (Laughing) I've been known to do a little something. I'm not that good at the Dougie so you might want to ask someone else.
695: Who is your favorite player?
My favorite men's player is hands down Kobe Bryant! Female is Candace Parker.
695: Good stuff Ms. Alston. Thanks for your time and good luck this season.
Infiniti: Thank you.
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