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Austin High's Jazmine Powers
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Austin High's Jazmine Powers

One on one with ...
Austin High's Jazmine Powers

Austin High 5-foot-4 junior guard Jazmine Powers is one of the her team's leading scorers, and Lady Black Bears coach Bruce Hamilton said "Little Jaz" is also one of his hardest workers. With the holiday break approaching, Powers sat down for 10 questions with The Daily's Brooke Milam:

Question: If you could be famous for something outside of sports, what would it be?

Answer: A rapper. I love music. I watched TV growing up and just always liked all the rappers that were out then. My favorite rapper is Lil Wayne.

Q: It's almost Christmas. What's at the top of your wish list?

A: I've been wanting this cell phone that cost like $300 — a T-Mobile MDA. My brother has one, and I want one really bad.

Q: What's your favorite Christmas movie character?

A: My momma still tries to watch all those movies. I guess Frosty the Snowman is my favorite.

Q: Are you done with your Christmas shopping?

A: I've got to go buy like three more friends something, and then I'll be done. I don't know what I'm going to get them yet, but when I'm shopping for myself my favorite places to go are Aeropostale and Kids Foot Locker. I can wear kids' shoes.

Q: What's the best gift you've ever given?

A: Well, I can't say what it is, but I know my mom's going to love the gift I got her this year. She doesn't know I got it — she's going to be surprised.

Q: Who's been your inspiration in sports?

A: Ivory Latta — she plays point guard for North Carolina. She's about my same height, and she's one of the best point guards in college basketball. She's like my role model because she's so little and she's so good.

Q: At 5-foot-4, are there any benefits to being small on the basketball court?

A: Quickness. I know there a lot of tall players, but I can just get right by them. I like to use my quickness to my advantage. Another thing about being little is you can take charges a whole lot.

Q: What's your sports dream?

A: I want to play Division I college basketball. Then after that, it doesn't have to be the WNBA, even though that would be the main goal. But I'd like to play overseas or something. I just want to play basketball as long as I can — get better and see what happens.

Q: Your brother, Jerraud Powers, was named to the All-SEC freshman team as an Auburn defensive back this year and was a standout athlete for Decatur High. So who's the best athlete in the family?

A: Well, all-around he's the best athlete since he did all sports all through high school and now football at Auburn. But, basically, when it comes to basketball I'd have to say me. We might just have to settle it one-on-one somewhere.

Q: How would you like to be described as an athlete?

A: Hustling and a hard worker. I give it my all every time I step on the court.

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