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Q&A with Stars Center Kayla Alexander on Canadian senior national team

Kayla Alexander
Kayla Alexander (Photo by Rebecca George.)

With the 2014 FIBA World championships coming soon, many national teams have already started to prepare for it. The Canadian Senior National Team is one of them. They’ve already started training in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Stars have a Canadian player on their roster named Kayla Alexander. She was recently on the list of invitees invited to attend the camp. Here are her thoughts on the Canadian national team:

Q) How does it feel to be invited to try out for the Canadian Senior National Team? 

Its an honor to be invited to try out again. As an athlete you’re always trying to improve and play at the highest level. As well, who doesn’t want to have their country’s  logo or name on their chest? To play for and represent your country is a goal that I have to believe crosses every athletes mind.

Q) Do you have any quick thoughts on the other invitees invited? Any particular invitee that you are close or familiar with?

It’s been a while since I’ve been involved with Canada basketball, however I do recognize many names of the other athletes that have been invited. Many have played for Canada on some level whether it was NEDA, Junior Team, or the Development team, all of which I’ve played on in the past. There are a few names that I recognize also from the NCAAs that I do not know personally though.

Q) How valuable will the WNBA experience be for you as you hope to become a member of the 2014 Worlds Team?

Playing in the WNBA is such a wonderful experience, you are playing with and against some of the best players in the world. You can’t really beat that experience! The speed of the game, the skill set of the players and the physicality is at such a high level that it’s hard not to improve or get better. I am thankful that I am a part of this league and with my current team I am playing with and battling against in practice with veteran players who have either: been in the league for a decade if not more, WNBA all stars, NCAA national champions, etc so I am extremely blessed and fortunate to learn and compete with these girls everyday.

Q) The tryouts will take place during the Stars season. Majority of their training camps and exhibition place will also take place during the Stars season. Have you been in contact with the head coaches/management to discuss other options?

Yes I have been in touch with the coaching staff, they understand that I am in season with the Stars right now. Since I am not in training camp, they watch our games and how I am playing with the Stars. Once the season is over I’ll join the training camp, and they said that they would evaluate my play and see how well I integrate with the players they have selected at that point.

Q) What will be the first thing you do when you receive the news that you’ve made it?

– If I get that call, I’ll let you know!

You can catch Kayla Alexander and the rest of the Stars on Friday when they host the Seattle Storm at the AT&T Center. For more information on the CAN national team head on over to www.basketball.ca.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.


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