Juneau-Douglas senior shooting guard Nani Ostrom has always been able to shoot. Ostrom leads the Crimson Bears in 3-pointers this season, and has won multiple free throw competitions throughout her prep career. The Craig native said she plans to pursue a career in the health field and has aspirations of becoming a physical therapist someday.
When did you decide that shooting would be the main asset of your game?
“It’s really always been like that for me. I’m not very big, so I’ve obviously never been the strongest post player. Ever since I started playing, I was just able to shoot. I’ve focused mainly on my shooting, but recently I’ve also been trying to open up my driving game, to get to the basket, since I can shoot free throws fairly well.
“During the offseason, I was always in the gym shooting. This past year, I was able to get on a traveling team and that helped a lot in building confidence.”
Do you play any other sports?
“I tried track last year and really liked it, so I’ll do that again this year. I was kind of all over the place with my events. I tried the 100, 200, 400 and the long jump, but I don’t know where I’ll be this year.”
Besides the obvious differences, how do basketball and track differ as sports?
“It’s just a different mind set, really. In basketball, you’re focused on your team and what your team can do. Track, you’re just focused on yourself, individually and what you can do to get better. You’re not really focused on team qualities, I guess.”
How do you like to spend your free time when you’re not playing sports?
“When it’s warmer out, I like to play Frisbee. I like video games, watching movies with friends, trampolines are fun and I like sledding, but other than that, nothing too special.”
What are your academic interests?
“I want to go into the health field, so I’m taking a lot of science classes. Medical Terminology, Health Sciences, Anatomy, just the basics of health. Physical Therapy is my main goal. I’ve just seen a lot of my friends get torn ACLs in sports and it totally ended whatever they had planned. I just want to be someone who can help them through their injuries and who people can look up to, to make them 100 percent again.”
What are your plans for next year?
“I plan to go to college. Right now, I’m undecided, but I have a couple (colleges) picked out and I’m probably going to narrow it down pretty soon. I’m looking at Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon and Mesa State in Colorado.”
Do you plan to play basketball in college?
“If the opportunity is given to me, maybe. But as of right now, not really.”
What’s going to be the hardest part about repeating as state champs this season?
“We don’t have the depth that we had last year. Last year, we also had strong leadership and a lot of talking on the court, and this year we’re lacking that. There’s not one star or leader on our team. We all come together when we need to and while we may not communicate or be as verbal and loud as last year’s team, we have so much chemistry, after playing together for so long, that it just comes naturally.”