Tiana Karopulos, of Andrew. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 13, 2013 6:19AM
Karopulos, 18, of Tinley Park, is in her fourth season on the Thunderbolts varsity. The Loyola-bound senior has also been a cross country, track and tennis athlete at Andrew.
You’re an aggressive point guard. How does it feeling hitting the floor several times a game?
After a while you just get used to it. Whenever you go down you just have to get back and keep going. I’ve got countless numbers of bruises.
What does it mean to you to be an Andrew athlete?
At Andrew we have high standards in sports and academics. I try to work hard and support our school.
Who was your earliest basketball influence?
Definitely my parents (Nick and Karrie). Both of them coached in church and (park) leagues for I don’t even know how long. I pretty much grew up in the gym.
What’s the best part about playing basketball?
The competitiveness, every time you go there knowing you want to win, if it’s a simple pickup game or a state championship game.
Money is no object. Where will you go on your next vacation?
Somewhere in Europe. I hear it’s very pretty.
Which opposing player would you love to have as a teammate?
Revi McMahon, of Stagg. We’ve known each other a long time playing with each other (in travel) and against each other.
What’s usually in your lunch?
It changes, but sometimes peanut butter and jelly and a ton of cookies.
Your dream celebrity prom date. Who is it?
James Lafferty, of “One Tree Hill”. He’s good looking and he can play basketball.
If you could be one of your teammates for an entire day, who would it be?
Molly Franson because it would be awesome to be tall for a day.
Any stories behind your number (3)?
I’ve had it since I was little. Dwyane Wade was my favorite player, so I picked 3.
Is cheerleading a sport?
I’ve got a couple of friends who are cheerleaders, and they can do a lot of things I can’t that look cool. It’s a debatable subject.
If you could star in a cartoon show, which one would it be?
Scooby-Doo. I just watched it growing up and it always looked fun solving mysteries.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Graduated from college, hopefully with a good job and hopefully still around basketball, either coaching or playing.
As told to Tony Baranek