Q&A with Ashley Anderson

Ashley Anderson has been a fixture in Gonzaga's starting rotation since her freshman year. The extremely athletic Forward talks about GU, her ACL injury, her hopes and some fun topics.


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GN: When did you realize that you were so athletic and how did your high school career lead up to you being recruited by D-1 programs and choosing Gonzaga?

AA: As a kid growing up I played multiple sports with my older brother and sister and their friends. Since I was young I have always been blessed with athleticism. While I was in high school, I was a four sport athlete. Fortunately, Gonzaga recognized me at my only AAU tournament in Oregon City due to my athletic ability. Even though I talked to many different schools, I knew I wanted to attend GU. It was a gut instinct, and I loved the coaching staff and be able to be the start of a program on the rise.

GN: Last season during player introductions in the Kennel you tore your ACL in a very freakish way. Can you tell us about that, and how it's healing for this coming season?

AA: This injury and feeling is very indescribable and unexplainable. Doctors have never really seen anyone tare their ACL, miniscus and dislocate a knee cap, all from jumping up. At this moment, I am expected to be back for next season. Rehabilitation is a long and hard process and takes a lot of time. I have had a few minor set backs with an emergency appendectomy and a knee scope, but all is going well and I am on my way to 100%.

GN: What are your personal goals for your senior year and what are the team's goals? Also, what was it like being forced to watch your teammates play last season, especially during the rare losses?

AA: My personal goals for next year are to be healthy and not worry about my knee. Aside from injury and being healthy, I want to do whatever my team needs me to do to add to success for the season. As far as team goals go, they are to work hard, improve as a whole and make the NCAA tournament. Last year was very difficult at times to watch them play because I wanted to be playing with them. I was very happy for all their success and I can't wait for us to do it again for my senior year.

GN: What are you majoring in at GU and do you have any ideas on what you'd like to do after graduation, tentatively or not, besides maybe playing pro in Europe?

AA: It is very scary for me to think I only have one more year left at GU and have to know tentatively what I want to do for the rest of my life. I am majoring in Sports Management with a minor in Promotions. Maybe I will go into education or like to be a coach at the college level. I would love to go play ball overseas after my career here, but I will have to wait and see!!

GN: What are your favorite non-basketball things about Gonzaga, and what will you remember the most about your years here, say, 20 years from now?

AA: As far as the school goes, I really like the classroom size and how easy it is to develop a friendship with professors. One thing I will remember 20 years from now is the house I lived in for 3 years. I have lived with a different assortment of people, most have been my teammates. I will remember all of my friends, teammates and the coaching staff.

GN: What are your favorite movies, singers/bands, TV shows and food? Who is the most famous person you've ever met?

AA: I wouldn't say I have a favorite movie, band, TV show or food. I really enjoy all different kinds. Some movies I really enjoy are: Dumb and Dumber, Joe Dirt, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and The Notebook. Favorite singers/bands: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Usher, and Kenny Chesney. Favorite TV show: The Biggest Loser, The Real World, Wheel of Fortune, and Gilmore Girls. Favorite food: Pork chops, steak, cheese, nachos, and Wendy's. The most famous people I have ever met are Pete Rose and John Stockton!

GN: If you could be one person in the whole world for a day, who would it be, and why?

AA: I would love to be Oprah for one day just to experience the world through her eyes. I would want to shake hands with the people she has and have conversations with all types of different people. It would be amazing to influence and inspire so many different people the way she does.

GN: Who/What do you prefer?

Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt? Pitt
Matt Damon or Antonio Banderas? Banderas
Adam Sandler or Ashton Kutcher? Kutcher
Chris Rock or Will Ferrell? Chris Rock
The Rock or Vin Diesel? The Rock
Beyonce or J-Lo? Beyonce
Jessica Alba or Eva Longoria? Longoria
France or Australia? Australia
Canada or Mexico? Canada
Usher or U2? Usher Tiger Woods or Lebron James? Lebron
Letterman or Leno? Leno
Fruits or vegetables? Both!
Alien or Predator? Alien
High socks, low socks or no socks? High socks


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