July 8, 2015
By: Zach Rhodes
It’s the middle of the basketball offseason and things are starting to heat up for the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team. With intensive individual workouts on a daily basis, the team is getting better and working hard every day. Rising sophomore point guard Imani Tilford believes that these individualized workouts are part of a recipe for success.
“Workouts are everyday for 23 minutes, they are intense individual workouts,” said Tilford. “We are learning a lot of new stuff, because it’s individual, our new coach Rob (Norris) is focusing on what each of us need to work on, not as a team but individually to get better.”
The 5’5” Greenburgh, N.Y., native is putting the time in this summer to improve several aspects of her game for the upcoming season.
“I’m mainly working on my jump shot, more specifically my 15-foot jumper, my handles and knowing when to do certain things when I’m on the court,” Tilford said.
With the improvement of her mechanics Imani is confident that the hard work will pay off next season.
“My confidence is really high right now, because I have been working on my game and since I’ve been working on it, it’s easier to implement in the actual games.”
Tilford is coming off a season where she started the last nine games for the Yellow Jackets. For a better part of the season she was coming off the bench, but made a smooth transition to a starter because of her positive attitude.
“I think it was my mindset, my mindset was always to be positive, and not get mad that I am sitting on the bench, my time will come,” Tilford explained. “So I guess staying positive and when my time came I was ready.”
Q: Who’s your favorite basketball player?
A: Kobe Bryant
Q: Favorite memory from freshman year?
A: Beating Duke on senior night.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: Love & Basketball
Q: Biggest role model?
A: Older cousin, who plays for Monmouth University
Q: Favorite hobby outside of basketball
A: Watching TV and relaxing with friends.