By Catherine Van
Class of 2012
SPOKANE, Wash. – Best known for an unparalleled jump shot, fiery spirit and fierce play on the basketball court, Zag Katelan Redmon also works hard in school, and finds fun off-court through dance and movies.
This redshirt junior, whom Coach Kelly Graves predicts could “be the next great player at GU,” took some time after practice recently to sit down, tell a joke and discuss what makes her tick.
Redmon works hard to nurture her basketball skills and gets an assist from nature as well, genetics, in particular. Grandfather Gary Redmon played basketball for the Zags, and her parents remain major influences in her career.
“My whole family has always been around the sports world,” Redmon said. “I started playing when I was in kindergarten, first grade, and YMCA basketball, just trying out new sports. I ended up loving it and I’ve been playing ever since.”
Concerts and movies also provide outlets for Redmon, especially comedies starring Will Ferrell. Redmon also has a talent for finding joy in life’s little things.
“I love to have a good time,” said Redmon, who transferred from University of Washington after making the Pacific-10 All-Freshman Team. “I love to dance, I’m kind of the nerdy girl who focuses on her studies, but I just love to have fun.”
Fun-loving and book-smart, this physical education major from Spokane’s Lewis and Clark High School dreams of becoming a personal trainer, when her playing days end.
“Over the past few summers, I loved being into the weight room. I want to take that and teach other people how to get into the fitness element,” Redmon said.
Clearly, Katelan Redmon has a knack for enjoying life, as her frequent smiles suggest. She scored a game-high 26 points to lead the 7-3 Zags to a 93-75 win Saturday (Dec. 11) over Washington State, the Bulldogs’ second victory over the Cougars in two weeks.