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Know a Gamecock: Ieasia Walker

Women’s basketball freshman Ieasia Walker comes to Columbia from Amityville, NY. A 5’8 guard, Walker averages 4.5 points per game for the Gamecocks and has played in all 23 games this season.

Ieasia Walker 2010What is your greatest achievement so far?

Winning two national championships at the AAU level.

What is your greatest fear?

Getting injured.

What is the last song you heard?

Jay-Z – What more can I say

What is the last book you read?

Does poetry count? The last thing I read was a poetry book for English class.

What is a talent you’d like to have?

I want to be a better artist.  I’ve always liked to draw. I can draw good, but I can’t draw people really well.  I’d like to perfect that art.

What is your dream job?

To be a coach, maybe at the high school level.

What is your most treasured possession?

My iPod.I like to do sudoku puzzles and that game is on there. I have about 800 songs, videos, everything’s on there.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I was taller.

What is one place you’d like to visit before you die?

Hawaii – i don’t know why. That’s what everyone says. It looks beautiful there though.

Name three people you’d like to meet.

Kobe Bryant, Sanaa Lathan (Love and Basketball is one of my favorite movies), President Obama.

What was your favorite TV show growing up?

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Everyone watched that.

[The Editor: Just to tie it all together – here’s a clip of the Fresh Prince playing basketball. Side note – why are basketball courts always so tiny on sitcoms?]

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Know a Gamecock: Kandyce Redondo

Today’s Know a Gamecock features softball sophomore Kandyce Redondo. An electronic journalism major from Pembroke Pines, Florida, Redondo chose chose South Carolina over Florida Atlantic, UCF, North Florida and Jacksonville University.

What is your perfect meal?

Pasta. Just plain noodles, no sauce. Nothing, just plain white pasta.

If you could go anywhere before you die where would you go?

I would want to go to Africa and do a safari.

Name a few people you would like to hang out with.

Bob Marley and all of The Beatles.

What was the last book you read?

The last book I read was Breaking Dawn. From the Twilight Saga, the last one.

What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie…of all time….I would have to say Drop Dead Fred. It’s really funny.

Who are your three favorite musical artists or bands?

Bob Marley, The Beatles, and I’ll go with Lil’ Wayne…mix it up a little.

Do you have a personal motto?

No worries. Love life.

If you could change one thing, what would you change? About anything?

I’d have to say, I’d like to be a little…about two inches taller. Two inches.

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Know a Gamecock: P.J. Fulmer

Softball season starts on Friday as the Gamecocks host College of Charleston at Beckham Field at 5 p.m. so today’s Know a Gamecock features Gamecock junior catcher P.J. Fulmer. A sport and entertainment major from Blythewood, Fulmer started 30 games behind the plate last season for South Carolina.

What is a talent you would like to have?

I would love to be able to sing or dance. You always see those kids at school, like you were automatically popular if you could dance or sing…do a back flip or something like that.

Name two people you would like to hang out with.

I’d love to hang out with Pudge Rodriguez. Pudge is my favorite baseball player ever, and I don’t know, maybe Eva Longoria.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is just something with sports. That’s one of the only things that really just keeps me interested all the time. I’m always watching Sports Center. I mean, it would be cool to work with ESPN, but I don’t want to be the media or a journalist.

What is your personal motto?

Work hard. Everyday. Like it’s your last. I mean, everything in life is going to happen for a reason, you just have to work for it.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Before every game Audrey and I always go up to the bullpen, even if she’s not pitching that game or warming up. I’ll stand on the home plate with my feet on both sides, and we play…I don’t even know what it’s called…but it’s like slap-hands, and you do it five times through. If we win, we do that again, if we don’t, we change the number.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are three things you would have with you?

My cell phone, a bunch of food, and probably a TV; I need some sort of entertainment. If I could bring a friend instead of a TV, that might work too.

What is the last song you heard on your ipod?

Probably some Britney Spears song, I think. I think “I’m a Slave for You” is the last thing that came on; I was walking to class.

What is your greatest fear?

Heights. I cry on roller coasters.

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Know a Gamecock: Valerie Nainima

Today’s Know a Gamecock features women’s basketball junior Valerie Nainima. A 5’5 guard from Suva, Fiji, Nainima came to the Gamecocks as a transfer from Long Island University. In her first season with the Gamecocks, the guard leads the team in scoring with 17.8 points per game.

What’s a talent you’d like to have?

A leadership talent – to be able to direct people. I’d like to lead them in the right direction.

What’s your most treasured possession?

My Bible. I’m a huge believer in God. He’s brought me a long way to be here and I know there’s a purpose for the. The Bible is close to my heart.

What’s your greatest fear?

Dying without doing my purpose – whatever my purpose is.

If you could sit down with any three people, who would they be?

My mom, my pastor back home and LeBron James.

What’s your dream job?

To play professional basketball. If that wasn’t an option, it would be definitely to run an international hotel chain because I’d be rich and could travel anywhere and stay in my own hotel. [The Editor: Why’d you pick that profession?] Tourism is huge in Fiji so I know a lot about hotels.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

It’s a meal we make in Fiji that is cooked underground. We cover chicken and all this stuff in leaves and foil. The ground oven is pre-heated so we put the food in and we cover it and then we bring it out to eat.

Do you have a particular pre-game routine?

I do have a routine. Superstitions, not really. I have to sleep even if it’s just for 20 minutes. I always shower before I sleep. I wake up, I pray and then we drive over to the venue we’re playing at.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Nothing. I’m fine with myself. If you asked me two years ago, I would’ve said my height. I’m good with that now.

What’s your greatest achievement so far?

Making my mother smile. She’s smiling now. She brought us up by herself and it was hard for her, but now she’s smiling.

What’s one place you’d like to visit before you die?

Definitely Israel.

What are the last three songs you listened to?

Do you want me to say their names? They’re all from Fiji. [The Editor: We’ll just leave it at that.]

What was the last book you read?

The Bible. I don’t read too many books unless it’s for class.

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Know a Gamecock: Charenee Stephens

Sophomore Charenee Stephens comes to the Gamecocks from Decatur, Georgia. The 6’1 forward is averaging 9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for South Carolina. Her career high in points is 20, which she recorded in South Carolina’s win over No. 23 San Diego State this season.

What’s a talent that you’d most like to have?

Teleport. If that’s a talent – maybe more like a power. I want to be places faster than normal.

What’s your most treasured possession?

My moped. It makes me mobile.

What’s your greatest fear?

Failure. I’ve been taught to be a winner and my biggest fear is failing and I don’t like it or the way it makes me feel.

What’s your greatest achievement so far?

Graduating high school and getting a full scholarship to college.

What’s the last song you heard?

A Trey Songz song.

What’s the last book you read?

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. It was really good. They’re actually making it into a movie.

[Editor’s note – for those non-book readers out there, here’s the trailer to the movie:}


Who are three people (dead or alive) that you’d like to meet?

Oprah, Maury, Sheryl Swoopes.

What is your dream job?

Anesthesiologist – it’s the profession I want to go into. I know a couple people who have gone into that field and they said it’s good.

Do you have a particular pre-game routine?

I always wait to the last minute to get dressed. We listen to music and I think I’m the always the last person to put my clothes on. I like to keep it that way.

What’s one place you’d like to visit before you die?

France.

Do you have a personal motto?

“The will to win isn’t nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.”

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Right now, I’d probably want some spaghetti.

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Know a Gamecock: Sam Muldrow

Junior Sam Muldrow comes to the Gamecocks from Florence, South Carolina. The forward played for Wilson High School and is the cousin of former Gamecock and All-SEC player Carlos Powell. Averaging 9.4 points per game, he leads the Gamecocks with 3.3 blocks per game which ranks him second in the SEC and ninth in the nation. Muldrow is a sociology major at South Carolina.

Who’s an NBA player you’d say you model your game after?

Kevin Garnett – I like the way he plays. He’s a high energy guy.

[Editor’s Note – enjoy this highlight reel of Kevin Garnett.]

What is your greatest fear?

Dying.

What’s is your greatest achievement so far?

Getting a 3.4 in my classes this past semester.

What’s the last song you heard on your iPod?

Gucci Mane – Lemonade.

What’s one place you’d like to visit before you die?

Australia. I’ve heard it’s a beautiful place.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My weight – I need to gain some more weight.

What’s your dream job?

Playing ball. [Editor: What if you couldn’t play pro ball?] Then I’d like to be a coach.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Fried chicken.

What’s your routine like before a game?

Mainly I listen to music – I don’t have any kind of superstitions.

Name three people (dead or alive) that you’d like to meet.

Barack Obama, LeBron James, Nelson Mandela

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Know a Gamecock: Austin Steed

Today’s Know a Gamecock features men’s basketball junior Austin Steed. A 6’8, 235-pound forward from Hephzibah, Georgia, Austin is averaging just over 16 min per game. He averages 3.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. He posted a season-high 10 points against Auburn on Saturday in the Gamecocks’ SEC opener. Austin is majoring in retail at South Carolina.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d like to be able to jump a little higher.

What’s your most treasured possession?

I’d have to say my faith. It brought me through a lot of things growing up – coming to college and becoming a man of God. Definitely my faith.

What’s your greatest fear?

I don’t really have a fear. I haven’t run across anything that really scares me.

What’s your greatest achievement so far?

Winning the SEC East Championship last season.

What’s one place you’d like to visit before you die?

Austria. Don’t really have a reason – I just want to go.

Name three people you’d like to meet.

President Obama and Gabrielle Union. [Editor’s Note – Austin couldn’t think of a third, so we let him off the hook on this question.]

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I don’t really want to change myself. I enjoy how I am right now.

Who is your dream date?

Gabrielle Union. Or Venus Williams.

You’re stranded on a deserted island. What are three things you have to have with you?

Definitely some type of food, my cell phone and my Bible.

What is your dream job?

I want to own my own business someday. I’m searching for what that would be, but I want my own business.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Nice steak (medium well), baked potato and a salad.

Who is an NBA player you follow or model your game after?

Tayshaun Prince [Detroit Pistons].

[Editor’s Note – see below for some highlights of Prince]


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