UCLA's Doreena Campbell

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Doreena Campbell (Edison)

UCLA

5-10 Jr. G

Season: The all-Pacific-10 pick is third on the team in scoring and second in assists and three-pointers. She also shoots 87 percent from the line.

Fact: Campbell is the only Bruin who has started every game.

First-round NCAA game: UCLA (24-8) vs. North Carolina State (20-13) at 9:30 p.m. Sunday in Minneapolis

Best high school basketball memory: "Probably when we won the regionals twice and got to the state finals twice. I think the junior year stood out more because we were more of the underdogs and everything was much more unexpected."

Favorite high school gym other than your own: "West Springfield. I've played there a lot and their gym is pretty historic. They've won so many championships and Kara Lawson went through there."

Most embarrassing high school basketball moment: "I think my freshman year [in one game] I had three charges in a row. It's one of those things that kind of takes away your confidence and just pounds on you."

Best player you faced in high school: "[Oakton's] Jasmine [Thomas], no doubt. Just her demeanor, her presence, her aggressiveness, her want to always be great. A lot of different things." Thomas's Duke team also is in the NCAA tournament.

Best piece of basketball advice that you got in high school: "Miss a shot, keep shooting, because eventually, they'll fall."

High school loss that stung the most: "I think it was my sophomore year when we lost to [Langley] in the second round of regionals. We really wanted to go a little bit further but that was kind of a heartbreaker and cut our season short." Edison was 25-0 before that region quarterfinal loss. The Eagles lost state finals by one point Campbell's junior and senior years.

Piece of advice for high school players: "Don't ever settle, because there's always someone out there working harder. Always try to learn something new. People can take moves from other people and use them to their advantage and kind of create within themselves."

What do you miss most about high school basketball: "It was a different kind of environment. College basketball is so much more intense. With high school basketball, you're still striving to do great, but you're still enjoying everything."

Best thing about college basketball: "The competition and that the game is getting faster. It makes it more exciting for audiences to watch. It's not just a slow-paced game."

Worst thing about college basketball: "The strenuous work schedule year-round is beneficial because it helps us to get where we are, but sometimes it's so hard, the mental toughness you have to deal with through the summer, spring, weight training."

When you hear the words "March Madness," what springs to mind: "It's survival of the fittest."

-- Preston Williams


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