J- What's your favorite sport?
J- Why? I thought basketball was your favorite.
D- Because I think I have the best chance at soccer. So...I'm puttin' my heart into soccer. And even if I don't make soccer in high school I still have a chance at basketball.
The first year in high school I'm gonna do travel basketball and play soccer for the school team.
J- What high school you goin' to?
D- Because they have a good basketball and soccer program and because my mom told me that all the women in the family went to Poly and I wanna continue the tradition.
J- How do you feel about making the team at Hughes as a 6th grader? They don't usually take 6th graders right?
D- I feel good because my brother didn't make it in the 6th grade and that was my goal, to brag in his face.
J- So what's the plan after high school?
D- I wanna go to Bayler College for basketball reasons. They have a good team. I haven't really thought about soccer in college. But...now that I made my soccer all star team then...
J- How did you feel when your coach called you and told you you made the all star team?
D- I felt surprised but then I also felt like I earned it. Like I deserved to be there.
J- Ok, so what happens after college? What's going on?
D- My career. I'll probably be on the L.A. Sparks.
J- What if sports are out of the question? What are your other interests?
D- Um...acting because I'm good at it. I was working with an acting group and I had the opportunity to try for a commercial but I had a game.
J- Oh, so if you have a game the same day as a commercial...
D- Duh, game no question!
J- So your last game in San Diego I heard there was a man in the audience taunting you. How was that?
D- I just tuned him out. I didn't listen to him. I play for myself, not for the audience.
J- Could you understand anything he said?
D- Probably, but I didn't pay it any attention.
J- Do you feel like you compete with Reuben a lot?
D- Yeah. I compete with him but to him it's not competition. He makes it look so easy.
J- What do you wanna tell me?
D- About what?
D- I don't know.
J- How are you doing in school?
D- Last time I checked I had all A's and one B.
J- What's your favorite subject?
D- Um hum.
J- Why math?
D- It's easy to me. Other subjects it seems like it goes in this ear and comes out the other. God just gave me the gift in math I guess.
J- Remember when you had your second hip surgery and I said "Deja, you gon have to slow down. You wanna be able to walk, don't you?" You remember what you told me?
D- I said "That's ok. If I can't walk I'll just play in the wheelchair Olympics." There's nothing that's gonna keep me from playing something.
J- Go 'head, girl!