695HOOPS WHERE IT'S ALWAYS ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS
Susquehannock's versatile 5'8" point guard Shannon Druck caught my eye at the pre-season play day at McDonogh and we wanted to make sure we got a chance to talk to this Lehigh bound baller. Ms. Druck's full arsenal of offensive weapons was on display as she drained jumpers and finished around the basket. We finally caught up to her for a quick one on one.
695: How did you start playing ball and how old were you?
Shannon: I started intramural bball when I was 7 and my parents saw that I had a little talent. The next year I thought I was returning to try out for intramural, little did I know my mom took me to the travel team tryouts. By the second day I told my mom, "I want to make the A team." That goal was accomplished and thats where it all started.
695: Have you played any other sports?
Shannon: I played softball when I was 7 and 8.
695: Where did you grow up?
Shannon: I grew up in New Freedom, PA. Which is in Southern York County where my mother's side of the family has lived for generations, and only 20 minutes away from my father's family. We are a short drive from Maryland and able to take advantage of the basketball opportunities in both Pennsylvania and Maryland.
695: What other hobbies do you have besides sports?
Shannon: My other hobbies besides sports are participating in the cycle of shopping and saving for shopping, volunteering at the local library, hanging out with friends, and traveling. I'm going out to Santa Monica during the spring break.
695: What do you want to add to your game?
Shannon: Additions to my game that I am currently working on are extending my range, improving ball handles, and keeping the mindset of never underestimating anyone, no matter who is on the floor.
695: Which AAU teams have you played for?
Shannon: I was lucky to be on some great AAU teams. We have attended Blue Chip Tournaments all over the east. I played four years for Dennis Bavaria's Capital AAU, one year for the Maryland Grizzlies with coach Ashleigh Newman. This coming year will be my second and final season with Keystone Force coached by Kevin Bankos. I appreciate those AAU coaches and my school coaches for their sincere efforts to help me improve.
695: Tell me about a funny basketball road trip...
Shannon: Traveling out to Chicago for a tournament with the Grizzlies was an amazing experience. That was the farthest west I had ever traveled. We had a blast. And not to mention having the most tame name on the team with my teammates being Shania, Kashay, Lanaysha, Ladassha, Taquesha and Precious.
695: What are your goals for this season?
Shannon: My goals for this season stem from my coaches most said quote, "You can't win them all if you don't win the first one," As a team we are facing a strenuos schedule this year due to the fact that we have moved up a division and now face a whole new animal. We are looking strong in November and will continue to get better as the season progresses. I hope to give my team as many numbers as I can within the offense and always bring a positive attitude.
695: What position are you most comfortable playing?
Shannon: I am most comfortable playing the wing, but the point has the most intestinal fortitude. Pushing the ball up the floor and hitting the open guards is my priority.
695: What type of music do you have on your iPod?
Shannon: My music tastes really blows hot and cold from Bob Marley, bluegrass, Kanye West, and fitting the season; Christmas music!
695: Who is your favorite player?
Shannon: Lebron James is my favorite player. He is off the chain.
695: How was the recruting process for? How did you decided on Lehigh?
Shannon: The recruiting process was short and sweet. I got some offers early and that helped. I was only around a lean amount of colleges but every school I visited was full of amazing coaches and I was able to improve my game from being around their knowledge. All of the interested college coaches were first class and very professional in their recruting efforts. The hard part is telling a coach that you have chosen another school. My decision on Lehigh was supported by a feeling of comradery and work ethic that I can see myself contributing to. Not to mention the campus is beautiful and everyone there is so friendly. I spent a lot of time at prospect camps at Lehigh so I got to know the players and coaches.
695: Thanks and good luck this season.
Shannon: Thank you.
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