If you follow basketball at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma the names Aita Gueye and Sahlih Butts are as familiar to you as the names Kobe Bryant and Lisa Leslie are in pro basketball. Gueye is from Dakar, Senegal and Butts is from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma so they played against each other a lot when they played their high school ball. I’m kidding, of course. The Broken Arrow men haven’t played the Dakar women since 1982. These two student- athletes live up to the virtues you would expect from USAO and they do it both on and off the court. The time seemed right to get to know these two young people better.
Major: Business, emphasis on management
Why would you say you’re having the kind of season you’re having so far? “So far we are having a decent beginning. We are getting better every day of the season. We are learning to function as a team since it’s the first time most of us are playing together. We are still learning to have better team chemistry and I believe that we are a strong team and the best is yet to come.”
What should opponents fear the most from you? “I would say my speed. My first move with the ball is a killer. They should also fear my quick release on a jump shot and my capacity for getting to the basket.”
What is your greatest non-sports passion? “I love listening to music, singing and spending time with my loved ones.”
What is the most laughably bad movie you’ve ever seen? “White Chicks.”
Position: Guard/ Forward
Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Chickasha Warrior
Major: Physical Education
Why would you say you’re having the kind of season you’re having so far? “Individually I’m trying to stay focused and maintain my determination to do what I have to do to help my team succeed. As a team we realize that last year USAO did not have all that good of a season and since it’s basically a whole new team this year we want to change things around.”
What should opponents fear the most from you? “My evil piercing eyes. No but I guess just my will and determination for the game and to want to win.”
Which member of your coaching staff would you cast in the lead role of a television series called CSI: Chickasha? “I’d have to go with Coach Metcalf. He seems like he’s always aware of things and nothing can slip past him.”
What is your greatest non-sports passion? “That’s kind of a hard one since I like sports period but I’m going to have to go with golf. I can’t play and I definitely can’t stand watching it.”
What is the most laughably bad movie you’ve ever seen? “Definitely The Hangover.”
Well that wraps it up! Thank you to Aita and Sahlih and to all the terrific people at USAO, especially Jessica Jackson. Good luck to the men’s and women’s basketball teams at USAO and hopefully March finds them both in the NAIA National Tournament.
To help the Drovers by participating in January 15th’s nationwide Black Out The Stars Day click here: http://www.usao.edu/usao-sports/