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TABLA JC Senior Interview: Imari Clinton!


Imari Clinton is a senior at Hope International University and joined us as a Junior Counselor (JC) at Team Awesome Basketball Leadership Academy (TABLA) for the past 2 years. Imari graduated from Henry M. Jackson High School in 2016 and played her freshman and sophomore seasons at Pacific Union College, where she averaged 11.4 points per game. She finished out her college basketball career at Hope International, where she is majoring in education. After graduation, she plans to take a year off and then go to the UK to play basketball overseas and get her masters degree!

Did you always know that you wanted to play basketball in college? What was the recruiting process like for you?

Yes, I always knew that I wanted to play at the college level if I wanted to go to college. The recruiting process was stressful for me, more so when I was in high school because you just want to go to a college. Also, there is a political game you have to play. When I transferred, it was a little easier but still stressful. 

How was your transferring experience? What made you choose Hope International?

My transferring experience was good and bad. When you travel to different schools and they don’t know who you are, people take you for granted and I am used to proving myself. I chose Hope because the team treated me like I was their own and I love my teammates.

 What kind of leader would you describe yourself as?

I would say I am a show-er and I use my voice when needed. I have definitely been put in leadership positions most of my basketball career, so now it just comes natural.

What was your biggest adjustment, basketball or non-basketball related, from high school to college?

My biggest adjustment was balancing how much I wanted to succeed in school, and being just as successful on the court and putting in extra work on the court, as well.

What are some ways that you have given back to your community?

I have given back to the community by gardening for public schools, doing camps, and volunteering at an old folks home.

What is one of your favorite TABLA memories?

One of my favorite TABLA moments was going to the Seattle Storm game and seeing all the players that I idolize and just experiencing it all with of the campers.

What is something fun you’ve been doing in quarantine?

Something fun I have done during the quarantine is hiking!

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