| Laura Haskins of Alexandria|
Laura Haskins, a Virginia Teach senior from Alexandria, has been named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America District III Women’s Basketball University Division team.
Haskins was a first-team selection, which was determined by voting members of CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America. She is now eligible for the national team which will be announced later this month. Last year Haskins was named to the district second team.
To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must be of at least a sophomore standing, have been enrolled at their current school for a least one year, have a minimum 3.3 grade point average, and be a starter or significant reserve on their team. District III is comprised of schools in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
“We are very proud of Laura’s academic achievements and being selected for this honor,” said Virginia Tech head coach Beth Dunkenberger. “I am proud and excited for her to be recognized and rewarded for their efforts. Laura displays the same work ethic in the classroom as she does on the court.”
Haskins earned a bachelor’s degree in business management in three years and is currently pursuing a master’s in business administration. She has been named to the Dean’s List and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester and also been named on three occasions to the All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic team and to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Haskins is currently second in the ACC in assists (4.6), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.5) and is 10th in steals (2.2).
My biggest inspiration is: My parents
One word to describe my game: Intense
My favorite basketball memory is: Winning three AAU National Championships
Favorite late night snack: Popcorn
If I could appear on the cover of a magazine it would be: ESPN the Magazine
My favorite food is: Pizza
My favorite music artist is: Usher
Most embarrassing song on my iPod is: "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys
Why I chose my number: 21 was taken, so 22 was the next closest thing
Favorite movie: Love & Basketball
Favorite actor: Matt Damon
Favorite television show: Lost
Favorite cartoon character: Taz
My dream vacation spot is: Hawai'i
Favorite location on campus: The Duck Pond
I chose Virginia Tech because: Its campus and because it was part of the ACC
My favorite pro sports team is: Washington Wizards
My current cell phone ring is: "Shawty" by Plies
My favorite class at Virginia Tech is/was: Principals of Accounting
My dream job is: To become an athletic director at a major D1 university
My favorite quote is: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"
My favorite book is: Harry Potter
My nickname is: Skins
My advice to a young athlete is: Work hard and follow your dreams
My favorite ice cream flavor is: Cookie Dough
My hidden talent is: I can juggle