The Daily Pennsylvanian sat down for an interview with Penn women's basketball junior Kennedy Suttle. Here's what she had to say about her experience with the team, her time at Penn, and life overall.
1. Having grown up in Atlanta, are you a big Atlanta Sports fan?
Not originally. I’m not a big pro sports fan in general, especially Atlanta sports because we don’t have the best track record, but I do have love for those teams.
2. How did you get started in basketball?
I’ve played basketball and soccer since I was three. I started at the YMCA and then joined club teams and my school’s teams. My middle school team was undefeated all three years and I won a state championship in high school, so I’ve had a successful career in basketball and soccer.
3. Did any of your family play sports in college?
My dad has three brothers. One of my dad’s brothers played football at the University of Tennessee, and the other ran track at Jacksonville State University. My dad played football at Furman University.
4. How did you choose Penn?
I wanted to go to an Ivy for my whole life. Penn’s standard of excellence, basketball team, and their community- and family-oriented approach was a good fit for me.
5. What are you studying? Who are some of your favorite professors?
I’m studying PPE. I appreciate the range of classes you get to take. You take philosophy, economics classes, and political science, so it’s a good range. All the classes are very applicable to what is happening now and what I can incorporate them into my life for a future career. I really enjoyed Professor [Nakia] Rimmer and Dr. [Cait] Lamberton because of their energy and class style.
6. What do you think the path is to get back on the court, especially considering COVID-19?
Our coaches are pretty optimistic on this upcoming season. What we have to work on is getting in shape and getting comfortable playing on a team again because we have been doing individual work all summer and this semester, so incorporating those things will be a focus.
7. What has been your favorite moment on the basketball team?
Thanksgiving at Duke was pretty fun. Having a family feel when I was away from home was a nice feeling.
8. Are there any matchups you are looking forward to?
Playing Princeton is always something we look forward to, but all Ivy League competition is exciting.
9. What is your favorite place to study at Penn?
Van Pelt, sixth floor, because of the views and the light.
10. Who is your favorite professional player?
I love Lebron James and Gabby Williams.
11. What is your dream job? Do you have any league aspirations?
I would play overseas if I could get a master’s or something like that. That would be a great opportunity to keep playing and further my educational career. I also am interested in going into wealth management. I like how it incorporates organizing and finances and helping people achieve their own financial goals.
12. Who is your favorite Quaker basketball player of all time?
Ashley Russell, because of her hustle and determination while she is playing.
13. What is your dream travel destination?
Jamaica. I’ve definitely got to go. It looks beautiful.
14. What music are you listening to currently?
I like R&B, pop, and gospel. Beyoncé is probably my favorite and my go-to.
15. What is your favorite animal?
Lion, because of the lion mentality.
All comments eligible for publication in Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc. publications.