Jasmine Blevins said she was born to play basketball.
"I love everything about the sport," said Blevins, a Bradwell Institute junior who played in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s North-South Basketball Classic in Dalton over the weekend.
Coaches in Region 2-AAAAAA loved Blevins and her game in return, naming her the region’s top player after she helped lead the Lady Tigers to a 20-10 record, a region title and a trip to the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals.
Perhaps the best part for Bradwell fans is this: Blevins, who averaged 19.5 point and nearly five steals a game for BI as a junior, will be back next year.
Here’s a brief Q&A with the daughter of Yochia Smith and Jesse Fleming Jr.:
Q: How and when did you start playing basketball?
A: I started playing basketball at the age of 7 with my father coaching me, and I played for Shuman Recreation Center.
Q: Is basketball your favorite sport, and if so, what is it about the game that you love?
A: Of course it’s my favorite sport. I love everything about the game. The energy, the movement. I was born to do this.
Q: What are your goals as a high school player?
A: My goals are to keep motivating my teammates as well as continuing to be a leader and someone to look up to. I want to keep striving harder and become a better player.
Q: What are your goals after high school?
A: My goals are after high school are to play D1 or D2 basketball in college and study to become a veterinarian.
Q: Are you being recruited?
A: I haven’t heard from any recruiters yet, but I’ve been told I am being looked at. Hopefully in my senior year, I will have been recruited. That’s another goal of mine as well.
Q: Who is your basketball role model?
A: I have a male and female basketball role model, Stephen Curry and A’ja Wilson.
Q: What is your favorite school subject?
Q: Who is your favorite teacher at BI.
A: My favorite teachers are Mrs. (Kathryn) Snelson and Mrs. (Twonsetta) Samuel.
Q: What are your long range plans?
A: I plan to be a successful veterinarian and hopefully get drafted into the WNBA.
Q: Favorite thing to do to relax?
A: Watch basketball on TV.
Q: Favorite food?
A: Hot wings and steak.
Q: Favorite music?
A: Hip hop and R&B.
Q: Favorite TV show?
A: SpongeBob Square-pants.
Q: So if you were stuck on an island and could only watch one movie, which one would you choose?
A: I would choose two movies. Lion King 1 and Lion King 2.