The Wausau West girls' basketball team is gearing up for a huge conference showdown with D.C. Everest on Friday. And you can expect Jasmin Samz to lead the Warriors as they try to defend their Valley title.
The junior point guard averages more than 20 points a game and leads a team that's undefeated in conference play.
"I love the competition level. I love the excitement of the game," Samz said. "I love winning."
Samz always wants to be better than every one else when it comes to basketball.
"I always knew that I was a little bit better than the competition," Samz said. "I just thought, 'Oh they're going to be good. I better play as best as I can.'"
Head coach Patrick Galligan thinks that Samz is a tremendous leader.
"And she embraces it. Not a lot of kids always do that. But she is trying to involve everybody on the team. She understands that it's not a one person game."
The junior guard has played on many teams, from YMCA leagues to AAU squads, and has traveled all over the country.
Samz is undecided at the moment on where to play college basketball. The Warriors junior has received offers from Division 1 programs including Marquette and Northern Illinois. She'd be the first in her family to compete at that level.
"(The process) was scary at first. It kinda got fun because I get all this mail, getting all these fun phone calls. You just get to talk about life. It's fun but it's also exciting," Samz said. "It kinda gets confusing and difficult at times."
She expects to narrow down her college choices by the summer. Jasmin Samz, your Newsline 9 Athlete of the Week.
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