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York basketball player Danielle Dennis is the Athlete of the Week sponsored by Gracik Makinney

Danielle Dennis
Danielle Dennis

Danielle Dennis




Dennis, a senior guard and fourth-year varsity player, is averaging 14.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals for the 6-1 Dukes who are 3-0 in conference. She's also shooting 89 percent (40-for-45) from the free-throw line. Dennis scored 18 points against Niles West, Downers Grove South and Proviso West. She also had 10 points and 13 rebounds against Prospect.

Dennis, the Suburban Life Athlete of the Week sponsored by Gracik Makinney, spoke with sports editor Joshua Welge about the season. Here's an edited transcript:

Welge: Your team is off to a great start. What are your thoughts on it:

Dennis: Honestly so far this has been my best-ever season at York. Everybody is capable of contributing. Everybody has a different, unique talent. We all have a mutual mindset that we want to change the way that we used to play.

Welge: What game stands out:

Dennis: I would say our game against Proviso West. They were amazing in conference last year. We came out very strong and ready to play, that was a good sign.

Welge: Coach mentioned your consistency. How do you maintain a high level of play:

Dennis: I've been playing here at York for a very long time and I've been playing with the same girls growing up. We have a trust in each other. I come out confident each game.

Welge: Have you always shot free throws so well:

Dennis: Yes, it's always been the case. Free throws are the most crucial part of basketball. They are a indicator if you'll come out with a win.

Welge: How have you girls handled the coaching turnover the last couple years:

Dennis: I think we have adjusted really well. [First-year coach Brandon Collings] is an incredible coach. He's given us a lot of confidence and freedom on the court.

Welge: How did you get started playing:

Dennis: When I was little my brother Tyler, he would take me out in the backyard, we have two hoops. We'd play 1-on-1. That's how I started, then I went to the YMCA, then to the Elmhurst Airborne.

Welge: Is it hard to believe this is your last year at York:

Dennis: It's so hard to believe, it's crazy to believe that this is the last year I'll play with girls I've played with my whole life. I don't know where I'm playing next year but I definitely want to continue to play basketball.

Welge: Do you know what you want to study in college:

Dennis: I've decided I want to major in nursing. I want to go into the ER.

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