NCAA Q&A: Alexis Campbell, Sacred Heart

March 14, 2012

High school: Broad Run, 2008 graduate

College: Sacred Heart

Vitals: 5-8, Sr., G

Season: Has worked her way into a starting position after tearing her ACL in April. She scored 13 points in a Northeast Conference semifinal win over Robert Morris.

Fact: One of Campbell’s teammates at the Fairfield, Conn., school is Paul VI Catholic graduate Blair Koniszewski, a sophomore forward.


Alexis Campbell goes up for a shot against Park View in a Feb. 2007 game. (JOEL RICHARDSON/The Washington Post)

Opening matchup: Sacred Heart (25-7) vs. Georgia Tech (24-8) at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C. Georgia Tech’s leading scorer is Elizabeth Seton graduate Tyaunna Marshall, a sophomore guard. (Tournament bracket)

Best high school basketball memory: “Probably my junior year and getting [Dulles District] player of the year. That team just had so much fun that year, just the different characters. It was just so energetic that whole year. It was like the best time of the year and everything was going our way.” The Spartans went 21-6 that season and lost to Turner Ashby in the Virginia AA Region II semifinals. Campbell averaged a team-high 14 points per game.

Favorite high school gym other than Broad Run’s: “Park View. The two high schools are so close [about six miles apart]. We just got so much more amped because it was a good fight all the time. It was just a good game to watch.”

Most embarrassing high school basketball moment: “There were a couple of times where I had gone the wrong way starting the first half, but nothing too dramatic.”

Favorite high school victory: “Probably beating Loudoun County my junior year. It was always a hard matchup. They were really well coached. We were disciplined, but not as disciplined as them. The last time we had faced them we had lost. We had to wait a whole year just to face them again, that one team that’s on your mind.” Broad Run lost three of four games to Loudoun County when Campbell was a sophomore, including in the Dulles District final. As a junior, Campbell totaled 43 points in two wins over the Raiders.

Best player you faced in high school: “[Oakton’s] Jasmine Thomas had to be the best player by far. It was like she had all the tools at all times. It was just hard to face her. She was very athletic and smart on the court. You’d learn a lot from her in that period of time.” Thomas, who went on to star at Duke, now plays for the Washington Mystics.

Best piece of basketball advice that you got in high school: “Coach [Mike] O’Hara said you’ll always get a good outcome if you work hard.”

High school loss that stung the most: “Probably losing to Freedom[-South Riding] in the regular season my senior year. We had it. It was just a tough loss for us, senior year especially.” Broad Run beat the Eagles by 15 in the first of three meetings that season but dropped the next two, including by 18 in the district tournament.

Piece of advice for high school players: “Tune in to what the coaches are saying or what anybody is saying advice-wise and take it all in and use it as a tool to advance your game.”

What do you miss most about high school basketball: “Eating fast food or junk food before games, from Wendy’s, or the 7-Eleven around the corner, and just all the memories that I have with the teammates in high school. Now they’re all at different universities.”

Best thing about college basketball: “The competition. When you’re at the college level you play against people who want the same thing you want. It just takes you to another level and pushes you to succeed.”

Worst thing about college basketball: “Running the mile in conditioning. Guards usually have to get it in [6 minutes 15 seconds] and posts in 6:30. I just hate the mile. This past year I didn’t have to run it because I’d torn my ACL. I did a little jog.”

When you hear the words March Madness, what immediately springs to mind: “Getting pumped. You’re up against all the top teams. It’s that feeling of just being antsy and wanting to see the outcome. How can you not be happy to be a part of that?”

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