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Athlete of the Week: Shaquille Hines


Name: Shaquille Hines
Classification Senior
Age: 22
Major: General studies
Hometown Chicago, Ill.

Who is your favorite athlete?

Kobe Bryant. “Growing up I started watching [him] play since I was 9 years old. He’s been my favorite player ever since.”

Who is your role model for your life?
“My mom because of how hard she worked, and how she never gave up.”

What is the best advice you’ve been given and by whom?

“By my mom, always have faith and never give up.”

Favorite place to hang out on campus?
“Probably my apartment because I get to chill, hang out, lay back, watch TV.”

When did you begin playing basketball and why did you start?

“I started playing when I was 10 years old because growing up in Chicago that was the thing to do, you know. You go outside and see all your friends playing basketball, so you automatically started playing. That’s why I started playing.”

Did you get any awards in high school?
“I was team MVP.”

What are your academic goals?
“Graduate with a 3.0 … and graduate in May.”

What is your favorite movie?

“Tough question. Probably I’ll have to say ‘Paid in Full.’”

Where’s your dream vacation?

“Probably Brazil. The weather, nice women, the beaches.”

How do you feel about being part of the first UTRGV Men’s Basketball team and playing your senior year?
“It’s definitely an honor. I’m glad I was here to be a part of UTRGV because UTPA no longer exists, so I’m happy I played for UTRGV, so my name could still be here as a UTRGV athlete.”

–Compiled by Jesus Esparza

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