Beyond the Arc with Nicole Smith


March 12, 2015


Q: What is it like working with coach Bluder and the Iowa coaching staff?
It’s awesome. They’ve been together for so long. They have a lot of basketball knowledge, and it is fun to learn from them every day.

Q: What was the key factor in the recruitment process that led you to Iowa?
The team. We get along so well, and I could see that even before I got here. We have such a tight bond it makes for a fun environment.


Q: What facet of your game has improved the most since last year?
I’ve quickened up my shot down low in the post.

Q: Most of your free time is spent where?
Either studying or sleeping.

Q: Any significance to your jersey number?
It was the last number I could pick in high school. Freshmen pick last, and this was the number I had and I just stuck with it.

Q: Any superstitions before games?
I don’t have a lot of superstitions; I mostly just keep to myself before games and listen to music.

Q: What did you do with your free time last summer?
We like to hang out with each other a lot as a team when we’re not at practice, which is a lot of fun.

Q: How is your academic path coming along?
Really well. I’m double majoring in communications and sports studies. I’m going to graduate in the spring of 2016, and I’m looking forward to it.

Q: Who is the most influential person in your life?
My mother; she has raised my sister and I on her own, and she’s really inspiring to be around.

Q: What is your first basketball memory as a child?
I played one game in fourth grade and absolutely hated it. Once I got to eighth grade, I was 6-2 and really enjoyed it; it was a lot more fun once I was taller than everyone else.

Q: Favorite Candy?
Kit Kat.

Q: What did you want to be as a kid growing up?
I’m not sure about when I was a kid. In high school, I thought I wanted to be a physical therapist before I started taking science classes. I quickly realized it wasn’t for me.

Q: What is one word that describes you?

Q: What is your favorite place to eat in Iowa City and what do you order?
Formosa: Sushi and Avocado Roll.

Q: What is your favorite home-cooked meal when you go back home?
My mom’s mostaccioli is pretty good.

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