Athlete of the Week Archive

Jan. 25, 2008


Aubrey Vandiver

Did your Dad's (Shaun Vandiver, UW Assistant Men's Coach) career have an influence on your choice to pursue a career in basketball?
"My Dad never pressured me to play, I was surrounded by basketball at a young age which I personally took a liking to. I decided to work hard and here I am today."

How did you end up coming to play for Wyoming?
"After one of my basketball games my junior year in high school, Coach Legerski called to ask if I was interested in playing for the Cowgirls. My dad moved up here to become the assistant coach for the men's team and it was a chance to play close to my family. I felt it was the best place for me to be."

Was it hard moving from school to school during high school?
"Yes, moving around was difficult because we were always on the go, but it gave me a chance to meet new people and to learn various types of coaching styles."

Being the first-born in your family, do you feel like a role model for your younger brothers and sisters?
"Yeah, they make posters and signs for games. My family is always very supportive of me whether we win or lose or if I have a good or bad game."

What is one difference from high school basketball compared to Division I basketball?
"It is a combination of things, the tempo or pace is much faster, players are taller, stronger and most of all they are smarter at this level."

Returning several players from last year's WNIT Championship team, is there more pressure to win the conference this year?
"No, not really. We try to take it one game at a time, which eliminates us from putting the added pressure on ourselves."

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
"I always take a shower, eat a Twix bar and listen to some old Japanese songs."

Is there significance in the number 20 you wear?
"No, in high school I wore the number 45. I wanted to switch to a lower number and 20 was the lowest I could get."

Anything about yourself you want to people to know, maybe they do not already know?
"I am obsessed with sleeping, any chance I get to sleep I'm there."

The most memorable thing from your trip to Australia?
"When we were in Sydney, we went to the Opera House. After that we ate at a fancy restaurant."

Who wins in a one-on-one game, you or your dad?
"Well the past 19.5 years he has won with ease, now I can make it a closer game but he still has the upper hand, so he would win."