Tianna Hawkins was the No. 6 pick in the 2013 Draft by the Seattle Storm. (Photo courtesy of the Seattle Storm)
Tianna Hawkins was the No. 6 pick in the 2013 Draft by the Seattle Storm. (Photo courtesy of the Seattle Storm)

Rookie Watch: Tianna Hawkins goes west

June 27, 2013 - 6:54am

Maryland Terrapin Tianna Hawkins was taken sixth in this year's WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm, and suddenly the Washington, D.C. native was 3,000 miles away from home. Hawkins, a 6-3 forward, was widely recognized as one of the top players in the ACC, and led the conference in scoring (18 pts) and rebounding (9.7) for most of her senior season.  Now that she's in Seattle, Hawkins has spent the first month of the season trying to adjust to the pro game, but finally had a break out performance on June 22 when she scored 17 points against Tulsa.  We caught up with the prolific forward to talk about life in the pros, and her various "families."

Full Court: I know you were very happy at Maryland. How has the adjustment been to playing professional basketball?

Tianna Hawkins: It's a lot different. It's my first time being away from home, and being away from my family kind of gets to me sometimes -- But I love it. Everyone has been great, and I love the fact that I'm playing with a lot of veterans. They've been great about helping me out when I get stuck - especially Camille (Little) and Tina (Thompson).

FC: How do you like Seattle?

TH: I still haven't made myself at home - it still feels like I'm visiting.

FC: How did you get started playing basketball, and how old were you?

TH: I was 14 or 15 when I started. Before that, I played every sport you can imagine. My grandfather was a huge influence in me playing basketball. He would always tell me, "you're too tall not to be playing." He got a hoop and I'd play against him all the time.

FC: What do you like to do when you're not playing ball?

TH: Sleeping (laughs). I like hanging by the water and shopping.

FC: What kind of music do you like?

TH: I'm a huge R&B fan. I love Ginuwine, Jaheim - both old school and new school.

FC: Is your Terp family proud of you?

TH: Everyone at Maryland has been great - they're always checking in on me. Two of the assistant (coaches) recently came to visit me when they were in Seattle.

FC: What kind of adjustments have you made in being out of college?

TH: The pro schedule is very different, but I love the freedom.

FC: Nothing to study anymore, is there?

TH: Oh my gosh, it's so nice not to have anything to study.

FC: I know your major was criminal justice. What are your plans after your basketball career?

TH: I want to be a federal agent. That's been a dream of mine.

FC: What is something that we might not know about Tianna Hawkins?

TH: I have a twin sister, Tierra. She goes to Delaware State University. We used to have our sibling rivalries, but we're a lot closer now.

FC: So you look alike?

TH: We look nothing alike (laughs). We're the complete opposite: she's lighter-skinned and has green eyes, white brows and sandy hair.

FC: Wow, fraternal twins.

TH: (Laughs) Yeah.