Written by: Alejandra Dominguez
Jan. 29, 2013
While most students are barely returning from home for a new semester basketball athletes are simply packing their bags for yet another game.
Sasha Weber, an 18-year old journalism student, learned quickly that the life of a college athlete is very different to that of a high school athlete. Weber attended Timberline High School in Lacey, Wash, were she averaged 20.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.6 steals her senior year. She was a four-time MVP and she was also the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,503 points in 91 games.
"I have a basketball that I wrote Division I all over it when I was in fifth grade, this is when I knew I wanted to become a college athlete," Weber said. Her father Dave Weber, former basketball player for the University of La Verne, has always been supportive.
It took Weber several amateur athletic unions until she found the one that would help her get scouted and eventually signed. Weber signed with NM State in 2011 rejecting universities like Oregon State and Fresno State.
"I signed with NM State because I had the closest relationship with the coaches," Weber said. She claims other programs were simply going through the motions and telling her what she wanted to hear, while NM State coach Mark Trakh was very honest and told her exactly what to expect with no gray areas.
Even though Weber is far from home her father supports her by coming to the games or watching Aggie Vision online. "My dad knows I'm in good hands that's why he is not really stressing over the fact that I am far from home," Weber said.
Many incoming freshman struggle getting used to the larger loads of homework and responsibility, Weber had to struggle through becoming a college student, a student athlete and new teammates.
"The team is pretty goofy so it's easy for all of us to get along," Weber said. Vigorous practices and a full time school schedule prevent Weber from going out a lot. But when she has free time she enjoys the community.
"Everyone is so supportive of NM State sports, it is good to know that people are behind us and cheering us on," Weber said.
Having the talent to become a good athlete takes a lot more than just practices and memorizing plays; it takes confidence and strength to overcome any obstacle.
"I love basketball because it teaches you a lot of lessons about yourself and how hard you can push yourself to overcome obstacles and push through fatigue," Weber said.
As an Aggie, Weber keeps improving as the season goes by. Weber earned her first career double-double at Texas State and has scored in the double digits eight times this season. Weber also leads the freshmen with the highest field goal percentage with 37.7.
Weber and the Aggies will host Texas State on Thursday Jan. 31, at the Pan American Center starting at 6:30 p.m. The Aggies are 9-10 overall and 3-6 in the Western Athletic Conference.