Dearica Hamby became the first Demon Deacon selected in the WNBA Draft when she was taken with the No. 6 pick by the San Antonio Stars. After graduation, Dearica will play for the San Antonio Shooting Stars.
Q: Describe one or two surprising ways you have changed since your first days on campus.
A: I have a greater sense of urgency. As a freshman you don’t realize how real the saying ‘every decision you made and will make has a consequence” is. From the amount of sleep you get, to how late you wait to decide to do a paper that’s due at midnight, all will dictate your next step. Make each decision a good one!
Q: What extracurricular activity did you enjoy most and why?
A: Definitely being a member of the Wake Forest women’s basketball team and the athletic family as a whole. Coming into college, I was placed in a family that I grew to love. I connected with countless people that will have an impact on the rest of my life and will always be remembered. Each and every coach and support staff member set me up to be successful and prepared me for the next level.
Q: Who were your mentors? Your biggest cheerleaders?
A: I’d particularly like to thank Coach Hoover, who believed in me and put me in a place to be successful on and off the court. She instilled and preached great values to my teammates and I, and I’m grateful to have played for her.
Q: Where is the one place on campus you will miss most and why?
A: The locker room. I won’t be able to walk into a room and have all 12 of my teammates around, laughing and having a good time.
Q: What shared values do you feel unite the Wake Forest community?
A: Pro Humanitate and giving back to the community.
Q: What is the best advice you can give an incoming first-year student?
A: Don’t put yourself in a box. Be open-minded to meeting new people, trying new things and exploring the opportunities this university has to offer.