Player Spotlight: Leslie Hirshfield
Simpson University Sports News
Q: When did you start playing basketball?
A: I have played for as long as I can remember; I grew up playing with my brothers in our driveway.
Q: Did your brothers have a big influence on you playing basketball?
A: Yes they did early on. They didn’t play in high school, but their love of sports as well as my dad rubbed off on me.
Q: Who was your favorite player growing up?
A: I would say Michael Jordan and Isaiah Thomas. Now I would say Diana Turasi.
Q: You played two years at Santa Rosa Junior College and then coached one year. How has that helped your basketball game?
A: I would say a new perspective. You see the game so different when you were a player. It’s one dimensional. As a coach, I saw the game in a new light. I have a lot of respect for coaches. It also renewed my passion for the game.
Q: How did you hear about Simpson? And why did you choose Simpson?
A: My junior college coach mentioned it as an option when we were driving by Simpson on our way to Shasta College for their tournament the year I helped coach. I kept that in mind and did some research, talked with Coach Pringle and came out to play in an open gym. I liked Coach Pringle and the coaching staff right away and they gave me an opportunity and asked me to sign a letter of intent with them.
Q: The season is near the end. What do you want to be remembered for? And how would you like your season to end?
A: I would love to be remembered as a hard worker, someone that gave their best every time they stepped on the floor. Also I would like to be remembered for my passion for the game as well as being a good teammate, someone who cared about the people around her. I would love to end my career with a Cal Pac Tournament championship. I know we can win it.
Q: Who is the biggest influence in your life and why?
A: I would have to say my mom. She has seen me through my worst times. My mom has always believed in me no matter what. She has always helped me keep everything in perspective and to stay focused on what’s really important. Also a big inspiration for me has been the people that doubted me, telling me I could never play at the next level. This pushed me to work harder everyday.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.