Half-Court Press: Antonia Peresson

01 August 2012

9. Antonia Peresson (Italy)
Antonia Peresson averaged 3.8 points at last year's U16 European Championship Women, but has assumed a leading role offensively at the U18 Championship in Bucharest

Top Italy scorer Antonia Peresson helped her team win their First Round group and get to the brink of a quarter-final spot ahead of their final game in the Second Round.

Now there's more serious business to attend to - a Half-Court Press session with FIBA!

The Pordenone-born guard has posted a number of all-action performances at the U18 European Championship Women in Bucharest.

She has however also impressed defensively, with her quick hands and anticipation helping her grab a number of key steals. What's your first basketball memory?
Antonia Peresson: It was a tough basketball final match with my brother when I was just five years old and this made me fall in love with this sport.

Why did you want to become a basketball player?
I used to play both tennis and basketball, but I just preferred to continue and focus only on the latter one because it is a team sport.

 If you were at the Olympics but not as a basketball player, which other sport do you think it would be fun to win a gold medal in?
Tennis - because it was my first sport.

What would be a perfect weekend for you if money was not a problem?
Making a trip to some exotic place with my family since we all love to travel.

If you could only listen to one song again for the rest of your life what would it be?
‘I'm yours' by Jason Mraz because it makes me feel happy and relaxed.

What are the best three things about Italy?
The hearts of the people, Italian food and its artistic beauty.

Which Italian senior team player do you admire the most and why?
Gianmarco Pozzecco and Gio Sottana. The first one for his craziness and Gio because she managed to succeed in Youth Championships and then in the EuroLeague Women.

What does Italy reaching the finals of Eurobasket Women in France next summer mean for women's basketball in your country?
It means a lot, because Italy reached the EuroBasket Women Final Round with a very young roster and having renovated almost the entire team.

Who is the most sensible of your team-mates and who is the craziest and why?
For both qualities it is Elisa Penna. During the entire past year in Rome at College Italia, I shared with her both the happy and sad moments.

Can you cook? If you were cooking a meal for your coach what would it be?
I can't really cook. However, I love making cakes so I would prepare her a ‘Chocolate Salami' and also it would make my coach even sweeter of course! (she laughs)

What's your best quality as a player and as a person and what is the worst?
I always try to be in harmony with all my team-mates both on and off the court. My worst quality instead is that I am stubborn.

What is the best basketball game you have played in and why?
The one that I still have to play! I am never satisfied with my game.

What are your favourite other sports and which teams do you follow?
Tennis and soccer. I support Federer and Djokovic on one side for their creativity on the court and Juventus on the other for its long winning history.

What are the most important things for a basketball player to have?
As an Italian singer said: "You see someone from their courage, unselfishness and creativity." So, the right mix of all three elements.

There's only two seconds on the shot clock, do you pass or shoot?
I would make an assist.


05.08.2012 - U18 WOMEN

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