The Fever recently announced the acquisition of forward Candice Dupree. Dupree is a five-time WNBA All-Star and a WNBA champion. But did you know she has a twin? We caught up with Candice Dupree to help Fever fans learn a bit more about her.
Q: What is one thing fans would be surprised to know about you?
A: My surprise used to be that I have a twin sister, but at this point I’m thinking that just about everyone knows that. I think people would be surprised to know that I really enjoy cooking. At one point in time I actually contemplated going to a culinary arts school.
Q: How did you get started in basketball?
A: I first started playing basketball when I was in the 4th grade and living in Cheyenne, WY. Along with playing in school, I also competed for a travel team that competed throughout the states of Wyoming and Colorado.
Q: What is a typical day like overseas?
A: A typical day is waking up at 8:40 a.m. to make breakfast and get ready for my 10:00 practice. Practice number one usually consists of weights and shooting. After that I head home for lunch and to watch tv shows or maybe nap. Practice number two begins at 5:30 p.m. and after practice I get treatment and go home and eat, catch up with family, and some days I may have homework for my online class.
Q: What are some of your hobbies outside of basketball?
A: Outside of basketball I spend a lot of time with my family. I’m also into the whole lawn and garden thing and DIY projects. I recently put down new flooring in my mom’s house… which was a first for me but a pretty cool experience.
Q: Who is your role model and why?
A: My role model is definitely my mom. She managed to balance a 22-year career in the Air Force and being the single mom of three kids. She worked extremely hard to make sure my sisters and I had everything we needed growing up. I owe everything to her… I can only hope to be as great of a mother as she was/is.
Q: What aspect of your game do you work the hardest on? How will that contribute to the Fever this season?
A: I can’t pinpoint a single aspect that I work on. Coaches that I work with try to make sure I have a pretty versatile game. I always work on my mid-range and post-game, but this offseason, I’ve spent time working on my 3-point shot, and I’ve had some mental coaching as well.
Q: You previously played for Pokey Chatman in Russia. What was that experience like and are you looking forward to the reunion?
A: The two years I played for Pokey were a lot of fun. I think the players and coaches genuinely cared about each other and that made it so much easier to win games. I love not only her knowledge of the game but the passion she brings as well. I enjoy being able to feed off of her energy and intensity. I can’t wait to get back on the floor with her.
Q: Do you have a charity or organization that you are passionate about?
A: I currently have an AAU team (Team Dupree) that is based out of Tampa, FL. It’s a great organization that gives high school girls in Tampa and surrounding areas an opportunity to grow their game and compete for an opportunity to play at the collegiate level. The main goal of the organization is to try and get every girl into college through the game of basketball.
Q: While overseas, a lot of players catch up on TV shows and movies. What are some of your favorites?
A: I have a ton of tv shows that I watch when I’m overseas. I’m big on Grey’s Anatomy, Suits, Black-ish, Being Mary Jane, and my all-time favorite Game of Thrones.
Q: What are you most looking forward to this season?
A: I’m most looking forward to having fun playing the game of basketball again and meeting all of my new teammates. I’m also excited about working with and playing for such a great organization.
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