Texas A&M’s women’s basketball team opened its 2013-14 campaign with its first practice on Wednesday, and received a visit from Former Texas A&M All-American Danielle Adams.
Adams, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 NCAA Final Four, has played for the San Antonio Silver Stars since leaving Aggieland. She set a Silver Stars franchise record with 39 points in a single game this September while averaging 11.8 points per game this season.
Adams spoke to the team prior to the practice about her experiences at Texas A&M and winning the 2011 National Championship, before settling down to watch practice and visit with members of the women’s basketball staff.
AggieAthletics.com caught up with Adams after the practice:
Q: This was the first practice for the Aggies, what was your first day of practice at Texas A&M like?
DA: The first day of practice was pretty tough for me. Coming in as a junior college player, just trying to get to know the system and the coaches, it was pretty tough for me, but I got through it. Practices from there were pretty easy.
Q: What did you tell the team before the practice?
DA: I just gave them words of encouragement, to keep their heads up & motivated. I told them my journey at A&M, how we got to the championship by working hard, being respectful and taking advantage of the opportunity that they have now.
Q: As a professional player, what is something you learned from Texas A&M that you still use?
DA: The Work Ethic. Bringing my work ethic from A&M that Coach [Gary] Blair, Coach [Vic] Shafer, Coach [Johnnie] Harris and Coach [Kelly] Bond showed me and bringing that over to the WNBA. Knowing that the game is more physical and there are more talented players, I bring that to my game.
Q: What’s it like coming back to College Station and Texas A&M?
DA: It’s always good. I miss this place a lot. Just to see where it all started from. Where the coaching staff gave me an opportunity to better myself, teach me the game even more, getting my Basketball IQ higher and getting to the next level.
Q: What are your plans this winter in your professional career?
DA: I just finished up my third season with San Antonio, and now I’m heading overseas to Israel this winter. I’m going over there for six months to play and better my game.