Q: In terms of recruiting, how much do you know about a player before
she gets to campus for a visit?
A: It depends. Sometimes if I feel the excitement in the office about a certain player, Ill go and watch film on the person. I feel like if Im going to be playing with them, I want to see. I remember seeing film on Nihan; Ive watched film on Jessica. The coaches give you good background on a person, on who they are, which ultimately is more important, because it doesnt matter if they can put up 30 points a game, if no one likes them, were not going to win. So I usually feel like I have a good understanding of who the recruits are before they even step onto campus.
Q: In recruiting, you win some you lose some, and it must be difficult
to develop a relationship with recruits and then have them choose another school
A: That is hard. Ive been fortunate enough to develop a lot of relationships with people who havent come where we still talk on the phone or Id email them. Ive met a lot of cool girls, and its good, because when we play around the country, you know people and it develops a really good womens basketball community. But ultimately my loyalty lies with Cal. So when I recruit, its for our team, for our team in the future, and for the Cal community. I feel that Cal is such a great place and sometimes its kinda hard because you dont understand why someone would not want to come here.
Q: What school did you turn down to come to Cal?
A: My final two were Cal and Wake Forest. I really liked Wake Forest. They play in the ACC, which is amazing, so that was a head-turner, but Cal, it just had a different feeling. Theres a different community. I really fell in love with the coaching staff; I wanted to play in the Pac-10. It was a wonderful opportunity and I couldnt just say no.
Q: I dont know if you know this, but when you first verballed, the
fan community was all abuzz with the idea that your then-boyfriend D.J. Williams was
transferring to Cal to join you.
A: Yeah that was a huge thing that we were a package, that Id verbal and then he was going to transfer. No, that wasnt the plan. When I verballed, I came to Cal all the time, and when he was home, Id make him come with me, so then everyone then thought .I mean, it was his first year, like all freshmen, he was far away from home, wanted to come home, that type of stuff, but we were never a deal.
Q: Tell me how you felt when you first saw yourself on the
A: We were coming back from our retreat, and were driving up University, and Renee [Wright] kept saying, "You guys, you guys!" and we finally said, "Renee, what!?" And Renee said, "Youre up there, youre on the billboard!" It was really cool. It just shows where our program is going, and it says a lot for our True Blue Hoop Club for getting us up there. It really makes us part of the community. My moms friends see it; people see it all around. Its a really cool thing.
Q: Have you gotten a photo of it?
A: No, not yet, but my dad wants to get out the video camera and have me stand under it and wave.
Q: Speaking of cool things, how much are you guys looking forward to the
trip to Hawaii during Thanksgiving?
A: Coach has already told me, "Now Leigh, when we first get to Hawaii, your leadership will be needed to keep the new kids focused." Yeah, were so excited; its going to be so much fun.
Q: Leigh, thanks for your time and for giving us a glimpse into the
team. Anything youd like to add?
A: Were heading in a great direction, and everythings in place with our new Athletic Director. The programs ready to explode, so we need to continue to work harder to get some more wins on the court, which Im confident we will do.
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