Q&A with Academy at the Lakes G Audra Leipold
Academy at the Lakes sophomore guard Audra Leipold is off to a hot start. She is averaging a Tampa Bay-best 24.5 points per game through 10 games this season. Leipold was a key player in last year’s 27-2 team as a freshman.
“It’s not a fluke,” Wildcats coach Karim Nohra said. “She works very hard. She will get up at 5:30 in the morning on days when we don’t practice and shoot 500 jump shots.”
Leipold talked about her work ethic, this year’s team and her basketball hero, Stephen Curry.
I understand you are a gym rat. Are you really the kind of player who is first to practice and last to leave?
“Yes. My parents are the hard-working type. They believe you only get what you work for. They always talk to me about how if you want to be good, you have to work for it. That’s what I try to do. I’ll get up early before school and go to the gym and work out. I’ll take extra jump shots. I’ll work on whatever I think I need to work on.”
What do you think about this year’s team?
“I think we are getting better. It’s taken us a little while to jell because we had some girls playing volleyball and they missed some practices. But now we’re all together and you can tell we’re starting to get better.”
Do you have a player who you try to pattern your game after?
“(Golden State guard) Stephen Curry. Before games I’ll watch video of him. Coach (Nohra) doesn’t like me doing that because he thinks NBA players are out of control sometimes, but I like watching him. I like his style. He’s such a good shooter and I try to learn things from him.”