Player Spotlight: Courtney Collishaw

We continue our girls basketball coverage with the spotlight on one of the top 2007 prospects in the Country, UCSB bound Courtney Collishaw of Redwood High School...

Courtney Collishaw

School:  Redwood

Position:   Guard            

HT:  5'11"               WT:  150

High School Coach:  Louie Perez



PrepCA: What were your stats from last season?

Collishaw: 22.6 ppg; 9.5 rpg; 1.7 apg; 3.1 steals

PrepCA: What is your official height and weight?

Collishaw: 5'11" 150 pounds

PrepCA: What is your greatest basketball memory?

Collishaw: Winning the Central Section Division II championship game last season.

PrepCA: What are your goals for the upcoming season?

Collishaw: Win the Central Section Division III title; win West Yosemite League title; end career with over 2,000 points.

PrepCA: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?

Collishaw: Ball handling and moving without the ball. I'd like to continue to get stronger physically and improve my explosiveness.

PrepCA: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?

Collishaw: On my high school team, we have some younger players that could become special. They include Rebecca Thomas (sophomore) and Erica Washington (freshman).

PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and why?
Collishaw: On my club team, it would be Hannah Donaghe (Stanford commit). She has great hops and also helped my game by practicing against her all last summer.


PrepCA: What are your goals regarding playing college basketball at Santa Barbara?
Collishaw: To contribute to team success and improve as a player.


PrepCA: Did you consider leaving the state to play in college?

Collishaw: In the early stages of recruitment I did, but as it got closer to decision time, I became more and more interested in staying in California. Luckily I had great offers in California.


PrepCA: What were your top 5 college choices?

Collishaw: UCSB (obviously!), Washington, Fresno State, Oregon State, Cal Poly

PrepCA: What were the top 3 reasons for choosing Santa Barbara?

Collishaw: 1. Coaches  2. location and tradition  3. UC academic standards


PrepCA:  Do you know what you will major in at UCSB?  Why?

Collishaw: I'm currently undecided, but I have an interest in communications.

PrepCA: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?

Collishaw: There are so many, but I am amazed by Italee Lucas…her speed and ability to handle the ball.

PrepCA: Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
Collishaw: In high school I'd have to say Alyssa Morris of Edison – she always brings it at game time.


PrepCA: What Club Basketball team do you player for in the Spring and Summer?

Collishaw: Cen Cal Elite (part of the West Coast Elite family).

PrepCA: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?

Collishaw: A hard worker and a perfectionist.

PrepCA: What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

Collishaw: My greatest strength is probably my versatility:  the ability to score from the perimeter, off the dribble, and post up if I have a mismatch.  My weakness is that I don't always move without the ball, and at times I lose my aggressiveness on offense.


PrepCA: Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Collishaw: Lisa Willis of UCLA and now the LA Sparks:  I love her step-back jumper and lockdown defense.

PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Collishaw: Always play hard because you never know who might be watching.


PrepCA: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
Collishaw: As a young team, we'll probably struggle early, like we did last year…especially because we have a tough early season schedule. But by the time playoffs roll around, watch out!


PrepCA: What position do you think you will play at UCSB?

Collishaw: Shooting guard (2 or 3 in their offense).

PrepCA: What can the Santa Barbara Basketball program expect from you as a player?

Collishaw: A hard worker and a good teammate.


PrepCA:  What was the last book you read?

Collishaw: Dante's Inferno (for school).


PrepCA:  What was the latest movie you saw?

Collishaw: Jackass II (my friends wanted to go!)


PrepCA: What is your all time favorite movie?
Collishaw: Hoosiers (I guess I'm old school).


Thanks to Courtney and her family for giving us the opportunity to conduct this interview! will be covering Girls Basketball extensively throughout the season, so be sure to tell all your teammates, coaches, family and friends.


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