The Campanile: What do you enjoy most about basketball?

Alexis Harris: I enjoy everything about basketball.

TC: All right, who do you look up to on the team?

AH: I look up to myself on the team because I’m the only tall player and I have the guards to motivate me to look up to myself.

TC: So how do you get better at basketball to beat the guards?

AH: I train outside of school with a trainer, he helps me with everything. He’s the one who actually helped me get my scholarship.

TC: When did you start playing basketball?

AH: I’ve been playing basketball since I was four years old. When I was young I didn’t know I was going to be this tall, but now I am, and basketball is my passion.

TC: So has your height helped you become a better player?

AH: My height helps out a lot, but being around so many people in my family who play or played basketball motivate me to do better and keep playing.

TC: What is it like to be taller than everybody on the team?

AH: Well since everyone calls me “Tree,” it’s fun, but some days I’m like “Ugh, why am I this tall.”

TC: Alright, if you could say one thing to your coach what would it be?

AH: I don’t know, would you cut any swear words out? Uhh, no comment.

TC: What has basketball taught you?

AH: I’ve learned to be a better player, both physically and emotionally. It keeps me composed, and when I’m stressed out it’s something I can go to focus.

TC: So it’s all good stuff?

AH: Basketball keeps me in-shape, motivated and everything. It keeps me together and without it I wouldn’t really know what to do. Although I’m tall, I don’t like other sports. I only like track, so I might do some of that.

TC: What will you do with the rest of your senior year?

AH: I need to get my knee better because I injured it at the beginning of the season and it still hurts some days. I’ll train, maybe do a little bit of track, maybe not.

TC: So no wild parties?

AH: Oh no, I’m going to party hard! You better believe it. After basketball season I’m going to be free to party, to turn up with the squad, all within legal means.

TC: If you could go back to being a freshman what would you do differently?

AH: Well I would maybe listen to my older peers a little bit. I ignored them because half the time they didn’t know what they were talking about, but maybe I would listen to them.

TC: You were probably better than them anyways. Do you have any pre-game rituals to help you get psyched up?

AH: I turn up with the team in the locker room, dance, party and record them on Snapchat. Before every game you’ll see a Snapchat story and I’ll be going “Mmmm k… Mmmm k.”

TC: What will you miss most about basketball?

AH: I’ll miss the team a lot. I’ve been playing with Coco and Maddy for seven years and the other girls for at least five. I’m going to be on a whole other team, going through college and I’m going to be the youngest person on the team because I’m only 17.

About The Author

Former Senior Staff Writer

Kai Oda has been writing for The Campanile since the second semester of his sophomore year. He competes for Palo Alto High School's cross country and track team and is also a recreational surfer, fisherman, photographer and snowboarder. When not editing or running Kai can be found watching unhealthy amounts of the "The Walking Dead" or "Arrow." He aims to strengthen The Campanile this year as Editor-in-Chief.

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