Who’s that girl??? She’s that girl…Azaria (Zhee) Alexander a 2020 shooting guard for the Pebblebrook Falcons in Mableton, Georgia and SHE’s GOT GAME!
Women’s basketball has come a long way since Dr. James Naismith invented the game in Springfield Massachusetts in 1891. Today female basketball players can play the game with as much of an intense skill-set as the men. And just like the men, there are 1000’s of women’s basketball scholarships available each year. Zhee is one of those athletes hoping to be on the receiving end of one of those scholarships.
Zhee started playing basketball when she was in the second grade. After watching her brother, who also played for the Falcons, she says she was all in. “In the past, I’ve played pickup with my brother, even though he would always beat me, but now, I think I can get him,” she said.
This is one athlete that has proven to be a student of the game, and always shows great hustle. “Zhee is learning to embrace being a role player,” says head coach Tina Hadley. “She is tackling the little things that we as a team need for her to do well.”
The Lady Falcons have a record of 22-8 and Zhee has given her team some quality minutes throwing up 581 career points. She hasn’t done too bad on the other end either. She has pulled down 30+ rebounds and has grabbed over 30 steals defensively
So what else is there to learn about this tenacious athlete? We sat down with her for a brief moment.
Play Book: Zhee your team has had a really good season so far. What was the most difficult time for you?
Zhee: The most difficult time for me had to be getting into shape. Conditioning, in the beginning, was a bit challenging but I feel like I’ve come a long way.
Play Book: What are game days like for you?
Zhee: On game days I’m always on 10! I’m never calm and sometimes I’m nervous but mostly I’m hype.
Play Book: You had one teammate that was out at the start of the season for a couple of games due to an injury. Have you ever sustained any injuries?
Zhee: I haven’t had any major injuries. However, I have had a concussion and a minor groin injury.
Play Book: What is your passion outside of basketball?
Zhee: I know I can’t play basketball forever. My other passion is wanting equal rights with police brutality. I plan to major in criminal justice to become a police officer. I want to be able to make a change.
Zhee will be off to college next fall. She says she hopes for Georgia State but when it all comes down to it, a free ride is what she has her sights set on.