7 on Your Sideline: DePaul's Keisha Hampton

November 13, 2011 9:18:58 PM PST
With three hour practices and travel times to play games, one would think that athletes don't have time to be students.

If you used that assumption with DePaul University Lady Blue Demons' senior Keisha Hampton, you would be wrong.

The Philadelphia native has been a member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team every year she's been on the DePaul campus, and she is just as talented on the court.

"Keisha has just been a joy to coach because she's coachable. She's very competitive. The first characteristic that comes to mind when I think of Keisha is her competitiveness," said Coach Doug Bruno. "She's a very versatile player and a very competitive player, and Keish knows that last year, people had a lot of other folks on our team that they had to focus on and now they're going to start their scouting reports with Keisha Hampton."

Hampton has also been on DePaul's Dean's List twice and has a 3.185 cumulative GPA. So while she dominates the court and classroom, only one gives her the jitters.

"Actually it's more nervous in that class than on a basketball court. On the basketball court I'm so comfortable, I feel like this is my home, this is what I do on the basketball court; but when I'm in class speaking, I get a little nervous I start sweating a lot, it's funny," Hampton said.

"Keisha seems very dedicated, not only to athletics, but, also to her education here at DePaul. I think she realizes she's been given a gift as an athlete to receive an education at a great institution. Keisha has been an asset to the class," said DePaul Professor Kristen Pengelly.

"Hopefully, after this season I get a chance to get drafted and play in the WNBA. That's definitely a dream of mine, but, when all that's done I have to fall back on something and being a sportscaster is something I plan to do," Hampton said.

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