Dec. 14, 2011
The 6-0 guard from St. Peter, Minn., is returning to the hardwood following ACL surgery. A three-time all-state selection in high school, AnnMarie Brown was a 1,000 point scorer and McDonald’s All-American nominee.
What was it about Wisconsin that made you want to become a Badger?
First off, I was completely sold on the campus. It’s beautiful with so many things to do while getting a great education. Secondly, I love the players on the team. They bring the word awesome to a whole new level. Lastly, the opportunity to play for such a prestigious university at the Kohl Center in the Big Ten, nothing beats that.
What does it mean to be a Badger?
It means whether I am on the court, on campus or anywhere, I am representing the Cardinal and White of UW. Being a part of the basketball program isn’t just about scoring points and winning games, it’s about representing the university in everything we do in the red and white!
How is practice at UW different than at St. Peter High School?
The biggest difference has to be the intensity of practice. If you aren’t giving 110 percent, hustling after loose balls and boxing out, you’re going to hear about it and end up on the line. Also practices are much longer, but still fly by because we are constantly doing drills, learning or scrimmaging.
What were you the most nervous about before the season started?
The main thing I was nervous about was how I would respond to playing at this pace after ACL reconstruction surgery. I had not played basketball in months and it’s hard not to doubt your game after such a long time on the sidelines.
Did your nerves go away after you began practicing/playing?
After getting the jitters out after a few contact drills and a few possessions in scrimmage during practice, I was able to realize that I am fully capable and ready to play at this pace and do well. It’s just a matter of staying confident and working hard in all that I do.
What did it feel like to get in the game for the first time?
When I first heard my name called by coach Bobbie to go in the game my heart started racing. I completely blanked on what number I am when I was checking in at the table. As you can tell, I was a bit nervous but once I got into the game I was beyond excited and proud that I was given the opportunity to step out on the Kohl Center floor wearing the Cardinal and White.
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
I am really looking forward to the Big Ten season. The Big Ten is always an extremely competitive conference and we plan on making some noise!
Who is your biggest fan?
My parents are definitely my biggest fans. They have provided the greatest support throughout my entire career. Even with providing support, they are always there to provide criticism that will only make me a better ball player.
What is it about basketball that you love the most?
I love being a part of something bigger than myself where we work as a team toward a common goal. I love competing and giving my all for the team because the greatest satisfaction comes when we work together and get the ‘W’.
When did you first start playing basketball?
I began organized basketball at age 10 in fourth grade.
What sport would be playing if you couldn’t play basketball?
I would love to play hockey. As crazy as it may seem, I was on skates at age two!
Spot on campus: Kohl Center
Cartoon character: Batman
TV show: SportsCenter
Book: Goodnight Moon
Car: 2012 Audi S5 Coupe
Athlete: Michael Jordan
Sports team: Minnesota Lynx
Any last words?
Watch out for the Badgers!