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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Florida recruit Haley Lorenzen pays tribute to mom


Haley Lorenzen is a 6-foot-3 post player at Iowa City High School, the No. 56 prospect in the 2014 class and a Florida recruit. She shares some of her secrets in this edition of "Meet the Prospects."

Nickname: Hales or Gadget. Hales is something my mom has called me ever since I was really little. Gadget has come along in the past few years. All Iowa Attack assistant coach Mark Mellman gave it to me because I have really long arms and have these "go go gadget" moments when I grab rebounds and passes that seem unreachable.

Pick a number: I wear jersey No. 44 because it was not only my dad's number, but also my stepmom's number. I wanted to continue on the tradition and have grown to love the number.

Going Gators: I chose to go to the University of Florida because of the coaching staff, great future teammates, a top-three program in my major (interior design) and a beautiful campus. It just felt right.

Other than basketball, what is your favorite hobby? Eating, sleeping and photography.

If you could go one-on-one with anyone, who would it be? Candace Parker, because I think she could teach me a lot of different things. I have always thought she is one of the toughest players I have ever seen. I will never forget the NCAA tournament game I watched when she dislocated her shoulder and put on a brace and came back into the game and played.

If you had to compare your game to that of a current college player or pro, who would it be? Kevin Garnett, because we are both long and lean, but he is very physical and bodies on both ends of the floor with men bigger than he is. He also is quick, agile and can play with his back to the basket or facing up. But what I think makes us most alike is that we both play with a certain determination on both ends of the floor.

Who is your role model? My mom. Not only is she the strongest person I know, she is also beautiful, smart and athletic. I want to be exactly like her when I grow up. I want to be a wonderful person just like she is. I always look to her for answers.

What is the most important thing basketball fans should know about you? I play with a lot of heart and emotion, and I LOVE the game.

What is your favorite basketball moment so far? How much I've changed through and because of the Attack program. What I've learned about hard work, dedication and finding my drive to be better. My teammates and coaches are like family and they have made me a better player and person. I have been with the Attack since sixth grade, and I'm grateful for every moment.

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