Former Clovis High three-sport standout Antiesha Brown is hoping to earn more playing time this season for the Texas Tech Lady Raiders. She played sparingly — nine points in seven games — as a freshman while making the switch from post to wing.
Brown is CHS’ all-time leading girls scorer and holds the school record in the long and triple jumps.
What is your major?
Exercise and sports science.
What is your favorite class?
My favorite class would have to be sociology. Just because you get to learn so much about other cultures and different types of people that you would have never guessed. It's just a very insightful class
Where would you most like to visit?
I would like to visit Canada again. We went last summer as a team and it was beautiful.
What are you listening to on your mp3 player?
Definitely Trey Songz!, and a little Drake and Lil Wayne. But the list can go on and on.
Who is your favorite sports team?
That’s a hard one. My favorite college women’s team is definitely the Lady Raiders! But as far as the NBA, I really like the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.
Who is the one person you would most like to meet?
I would love to meet LeBron James. Or Derrick Rose. They are just amazing basketball players.
What is the last movie you saw?
“Jumping the Broom.” Loved it.
What is your most memorable moment as an athlete?
Signing with Tech. It was just that moment where all of my hard work paid off. And I was taking the next step as an athlete.
What is your favorite meal?
A meal from the country Turkey. It’s chicken tava and Turkish salad, which is not like the regular salad we are used to in the states.
That was the warm up. Now the hard questions.
What is the biggest difference between high school and college basketball?
Definitely the pace of the game. College basketball is so much faster. Also, the overall workload is harder because you have to get your body where it needs to be for this fast-paced game.
What gets you in coach Kristy Curry's doghouse the quickest?
I would have to say just flat out not trying in practice or something. We just try and take care of business so it doesn’t get to that point.
What was your impression of Baylor's Brittany Griner?
Um. Ha, ha. That she was a pretty big girl.
What is the area of your game that you need to improve on most?
I would definitely say ballhandling. My shooting is really coming along. But the hardest part was changing my post-like mentality to a guard-like mentality. So I need to keep improving my thought process as a guard rather than a post.
What motivates you to work hard during the off-season, especially during the summer when it's up to you to stay in shape and work on your game?
Thinking about the previous season is what motivates me. I saw how far my team went last year. Being a bigger part in that is what motivates me. Knowing how bad I want to be on the floor next year is what gets me in the gym every day working on the things I need to.
What was it like the first time you stepped on the court for a regular-season game for the Lady Raiders?
It was very exciting. I mean, playing in Clovis always gave me a rush, but the new court I was on did make me a little nervous. But it was great.
Who has the best road crowd in the Big 12?
Definitely Baylor. That game was wild. I thought the Gallup fans were something. They have nothing on the Baylor fans.
Favorite road trip?
UNM. Just felt good to revisit my old stomping ground.
Do you ever get tired of doing the "guns-up?"
Never. Never have, never will.
What would people be surprised to know about college athletics?
The work ethic college athletes have. And sense of responsibilty. Traveling is very harsh on our class schedule, but we always finish what we need to get done. So I think that may surprise people. Young people having a very, very good work ethic.
Where do you see yourself 10 years down the road?
Maybe I’ll make it to the big league. But if not, I could see myself coaching or being a trainer of some sort.
Best lesson you learned while play sports in Clovis?
Always carry on the tradition at a school. Clovis has so much tradition. And I always felt that it was necessary to carry it on. So it kind of prepared me to play for another school with a lot of tradition. The lesson I learned is that you’re always playing for something bigger than yourself. So always give your best effort in keeping that tradition alive.
You were a three-sport star at Clovis. Do you miss playing other sports?
Yes, I really do some days. But then some days I remember how hard it was transitioning to three sports each year. I like just having to focus on basketball. But I do miss the volleyball and track days. So I will play a little just for fun. Only a little, though.
— Compiled by Rick White