Another Season in the Books
Temeka Johnson

Temeka Johnson

August 2, 2020

Temeka Johnson never stopped believing in herself.  She didn't listen to the naysayers, but instead, followed the little voice inside her heart.  That little voice took her all the way to the WNBA where she became the Rookie of the Year in 2005, won a WNBA championship in 2009 and played professionally in places like Israel, Russia, Turkey, Poland, France and Spain.  That little voice allowed Temeka to do great things and now that she's hung up her sneakers she continues to do great things.  Check out Temeka Johnson and HOPE online to see what she's got going. 

Jimena Abejon

Jimena Abejon

July 17, 2020

Una deportista de Asturias, España jugando en el prestigioso Ivy League (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell y la universidad de Pensilvania),  de los Estados Unidos, estudiando una carrera doble de Neurociencia y Psicología ademas de estar ejerciendo en el equipo de baloncesto.  Jimena Abejon nos cuenta como es la vida de un Student Athlete dentro del campus de Dartmouth, como era el proceso de entrada, porque le gusta formar parte de una hermandad y que es lo que echa de menos de su tierra, cachopo, puede ser?  Jimena nos dice como pasó sus primeros dos años en una universidad ilustre de New Hampshire, rodeado por un bosque muy denso y en la compañía de sus compañeras quienes les gustan escuchar al Hip Hop y no al Reggaetón.   

Aleksandar Džikić

Aleksandar Džikić

June 28, 2020

The basketball world is very small, so when I met Coach for the first time I wasn't expecting him--a guy from Belgrade, Serbia-- to tell me he had coached for the Minnesota Timberwolves and lived in Minneapolis.  In September of 2005 Aleksandar Džikić was the second European to be hired as a full time assistant coach in the NBA. At that time I was starting my sophomore year of college just across the Mississippi river from Coach's place, maybe we even passed each other on the Stone Arch Bridge. Aleksandar has coached in the top leagues around the world and in a variety of countries.  He speaks phenomenal English, has a great sense of humor, might look/sound intimidating but don't let his appearance fool you, he's a friendly guy who'll give of his time if you ask nicely.  We talk about his childhood in Belgrade, the rigorous basketball coaching degree he earned in Serbia, his time spent in MN (ice fishing isn't his thing), how basketball has affected his personal life, and his views on the European basketball system compared to the American.   

Bea Royo

Bea Royo

June 22, 2020

Veterinaria y deportista de elite, Bea Royo viene de la preciosa ciudad de Zaragoza y ahí es donde se hizo la universidad y donde desarrolló su pasión por el baloncesto.  Siempre dispuesta a trabajar y echar horas, Bea iba compaginando su carrera con su vida como deportista.  Y cuando ya tenia su diploma en mano, aprovechó para mejorar su ingles, yendo a sitios como Inglaterra y Australia para jugar al baloncesto.  Una mujer inquieta, con ganas de comerse el mundo.  

Duje Dukan

Duje Dukan

June 15, 2020

This week’s interviewee speaks multiple languages, was a two sport athlete growing up and might have become a CIA agent if it weren’t for his more than 6 foot 8 inch frame blowing his cover.  Duje Dukan was born in Croatia, but just two months short of his first birthday he was crossing the Atlantic with his parents, embarking on an adventure that would shape and mold him into the bilingual Badger alum that he is today.  Duje grew-up in the 90s, in Chicago, and his dad worked for the Bulls.  As a young basketball fan or as a basketball fan in general, could you ask for anything more?  Here's his story...     

Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza

Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza

June 8, 2020

La deportista de élite de hoy ha viajado por muchos sitios distintos del mundo, y como no, sus libros de psicología también.  Desde  Pamplona hasta Barcelona, luego a Oregon en los Estados Unidos, a Argentina, a Portugal y a muchas otras ciudades Españolas.  Su camino ha sido enriquecedora, completa con algún que otro bache pero al final, de todo se aprende.  Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza es una entrevistada divertida con una perspectiva muy sabia sobre el deporte de élite y la vida de después.

Raquel Terrer van Gool

Raquel Terrer van Gool

May 31, 2020

Ya verás la fuerza mental que tiene ésta maña, la que decidió irse a los Estados Unidos tan solo 13 días después de haber sido operada del cruzado.  Cogió sus maletas y muletas y se fue a embarcar en una aventura deportiva y académica.  Aterrizó en la desconocida  tierra de Fargo, North Dakota.  Manos a la obra, Raquel Terrer van Gool se puso a rehabilitar su rodilla, a ir a sus clases de ingeniería y a formar parte de su nuevo equipo.  Vamos a escuchar la historia de esta guerrera que no sabe lo que es rendirse.

Georgina Bahí

Georgina Bahí

May 24, 2020

Como todas y todos que se van a estudiar y jugar a la Blume, Georgina Bahí se fue de casa con tan solo 14 años.  Durante su primer año fuera, los padres de Geo venían a menudo a ver a su hija jugar y a llevarla a casa para pasar el fin de semana.  Desde entonces el baloncesto ha estado siempre presente en la vida de la gerundense, convirtiendose en un estilo de vida.  Entrenos, partidos, viajes y una carrera universitaría enfocada en el deporte.  Cinco años de carrera y un master a sus espaldas, Geo sigue formandose en la pista y en los libros, acumulando cada vez más conocimiento y herramientas.  La niña de la Blume se ha convertido en una veterana muy conocida y respetada en la Liga Endesa.  Trabajo, ganas y una mentalidad positiva.  Que te quiten lo bailado, Geo!  

Phillip Pressey

Phillip Pressey

May 18, 2020

"Let's not talk about who spilled the milk, let's talk about who's going to clean it up."  Phillip Pressey is a positive, proactive leader who likes to get stuff done and move on.  He doesn't dwell on the past but looks towards the future, thinking about what he can do better the next time around.  Ever since the 6th grade Phil has been a competitive and passionate basketball player.  The walls in his bedroom were covered with posters of Tim Duncan and other NBA greats.  He pursued his passion throughout elementary school, junior high, high school and into college where he entered the draft during his junior year.  Phil went undrafted but his dream was was far from over, sooner than later he was suiting up with the Boston Celtics. Work. Ethic. 

Nick Washburn

Nick Washburn

May 11, 2020

Near Champaign Illinois there’s a small town of less than 10,000 called Mahomet.  Growing up in Small Town USA, Nick Washburn played multiple sports, basketball, hockey and American Football.  However,  after many hours spent in the driveway with his dad and after growing into a 6 foot 10 inch frame, Nick decided basketball was his passion.  He  accepted a full ride scholarship to a small, private school in Michigan.  He started all four years as a Charger and signed his first professional contract seven years ago to play in Spain.  That being said, Nick’s had to overcome several obstacles along the way, from not making the 9th grade A team to recovering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and having to learn how to walk again.  Joining us from Oviedo, Spain, here he is.