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Architecture student headed to Syracuse University to play basketball
Senior Teisha Hyman spends her afternoons in Christine Ireland’s architecture class at the Center for Career Services and her nights on the hardwood as a star point guard for the Woodlands High School girls’ basketball team. In the fall, she will begin her college basketball career, once again studying during the day, and playing hoops at night — this time for Syracuse University.
On Nov. 14 Teisha signed her letter of intent to play Division I basketball at Syracuse University where she was awarded a full scholarship. Her parents, Angela and Troy, and sister Tamarah, joined her the day she signed her letter at a ceremony in the high school gym. Also celebrating with her was her architecture teacher.
“Ms. Ireland is Ms. Ireland,” Teisha said. “She is just happy all the time,” she said of having her teacher join her on this special day.
Teisha began her basketball career at the age of 4 and has played on her school teams and the local AAU team under Coach Warren Bunkly, who is also her high school coach.
“It’s like a stress reliever, a fun activity; it was a way for me to express myself,” Teisha said of what the game has meant to her.
The online ranking website Prospects Nation ranked Teisha #59 in the country and The Journal News a 2017-18 “Super 7” in the region. As of Nov. 20, Teisha, was three points shy of scoring her 2,000th point.
“It felt natural,” Teisha said of her first visit to Syracuse University, where she will play basketball under Coach Quentin Hillsman in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
On signing day Teisha said she was nervous, but more excited than anything else.
“I was nervous because there were a lot of people,” she said.
Teisha has been given some advice from her current coach who warned her the college game is played much faster.
“He told me you have to work so much harder,” Teisha said. “Everything is like a couple steps ahead.”
In addition, Teisha said some of the advice focused not on basketball, but rather on leaving a familiar community.
“It’s the second biggest adjustment, the mental part, being away from home,” she said.
Teisha is deciding between a major in engineering or interior design and hopes to minor in architecture. She said she decided to study architecture at the Center for Career Services because she loves to draw and look at houses.
“It excites me, especially big houses, I like the look inside and out,” Teisha said.
Whatever she decides to do in the future, the one thing currently on her mind is basketball.
“I’m looking forward to winning a championship,” she said of her hopes for her college career. “I can’t think of anything else.”