Q&A Kandice Green St. Frances, basketball

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December 19, 2007|By KATHERINE DUNN

St. Frances All-Metro senior center Kandice Green will try to lead the Panthers to their sixth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship this winter. A basketball player since the eighth grade, she gets plenty of tips from her dad, Kevin Green, a former Dunbar and Loyola College player. A powerful 6-foot-1 post player, she also plays for the Maryland Hurricanes and signed early with Seton Hall. Green carries a 3.1 grade point average and plans to major in business management.

What's your first basketball memory?

I guess my first game. I made a point and I was so happy, but I was traveling and not getting rebounds. I was still having fun though. I was like, "I'm going to get better." I started working out with my dad, and I started improving.

You said you played soccer first. Why did you convert to basketball?

I stopped playing soccer after I got kicked in the knee really hard. I started liking basketball from the first day I tried it. It was fun, and I stuck with it. All the girls were nice, and they were real helpful. The coach was really nice, and I thought, "You can do it." My dad did it, so I just wanted to be like him.

Have you always looked up to your dad?

Always. He's hardworking. He works so hard to support me and my sister, and he's just so loving and caring. He really cares, and I just love him to death. Why did you come to St. Frances?

I had a lot of friends down here, like Mi-Khida [Hankins] and [TaNika Jeffers]. I knew them from before, and I used to play them. It was the best fit. The basketball atmosphere was cool, and they were winning. I wanted to get in there right along with them.

Do you feel lonely without all of your friends, all of the other starters who graduated last year?

I did feel like that because I was so used to playing with them all the time. Now, it's just different. I've got to learn how to play with these girls this year. They didn't play that much last year, but I'm getting used to it. Every practice, it gets better.

Do you feel pressure to win the tournament again after winning it all three years?

Definitely a lot of pressure. I feel, if we lose a game, everybody will be looking at me. "Oh, what did Kandice do?" But I have a lot of confidence in our young guards. Everybody keeps talking about how our backcourt isn't as good as it used to be, but I have faith in them. All of the guards have heart, and I think we can win it again.

Why did you chose Seton Hall?

The best fit. The campus. The atmosphere. The coaches are so cool. Coach [Phyllis Mangina], she's like [St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton], a woman's version of Coach Shelton. She's so laid-back and so much fun. All the assistant coaches are so much fun. I just love them. And it's the Big East. What girl wouldn't want to play in the Big East?

What's your most prized possession?

My first trophy, or it could be my teddy bear. I've had a teddy bear since I was a baby that my grandma gave to me. My grandma comes to every game. She's here in the stands and she calls me her little baby, but I'm not so little anymore.

What are you looking forward to most about Christmas?

My grandmother's cooking. She cooks everything. Chicken, macaroni and cheese - all my favorite foods. She just likes to cook. I'm going to have to take her to Seton Hall with me.

What do you want for Christmas?

A new cell phone. And also for all my family to be happy.

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