Farhiya Abdi is one of the promising young basketball players in Sweden who will figure prominently this summer when the Scandinavian country attempts to reach the podium at the Termosteps U16 European Championship for Women.
Abdi is a huge a fan of Lauren Jackson and Diana Taurasi and got to watch both win the EuroLeague Women title in April as members of Spartak Moscow Region.
Before that great occasion in Brno, Abdi says she had only seen her favorite players on youtube.com.
That's what FIBA Europe discovered when we spent `24 Seconds with Farhiya Abdi'.
FIBA Europe: Farhiya, you don't turn 16 until on May 31 so presumably, you're in high school. Tell us what your favorite subjects are?
Farhiya Abdi: Math and science.
FIBA Europe: So, if you earn a lot of money one day making a scientific discovery, perhaps, you might be able to afford your dream car. What would that be?
Farhiya Abdi: A Ferrari, or something big.
FIBA Europe: What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you roll out of bed in the morning and go to school?
Farhiya Abdi: Breakfast.
FIBA Europe: What is your favorite meal - main course, dessert and drink?
Farhiya Abdi: Okay, my favorite drink is Coca-Cola, dessert is apple pie. My favorite main course is a Big Mac.
FIBA Europe: (laughing) A Big Mac? Are your coaches happy about that?
Farhiya Abdi: (laughing) Oh no, it's a secret.
FIBA Europe: What movie have you seen lately that was really good?
Farhiya Abdi: (The 2000 film) Love & Basketball.
FIBA Europe: Who are your favorite basketball players, both men and women.
Farhiya Abdi: For the men, there is no doubt that it's Allen Iverson. For the women, I like Lauren Jackson and Diana Taurasi.
FIBA Europe: Before seeing them this year at the EuroLeague Final Four, had you ever watched them play?
Farhiya Abdi: Only on YouTube.
FIBA Europe: Do you plan on playing professional basketball one day?
Farhiya Abdi: Yes, I'd like to.
FIBA Europe: What about a plan to fall back on in case you don't?
Farhiya Abdi: Coaching, or something related to basketball.