Earn good grades. Score high on the SATs. Get into an Ivy League college. There is so much pressure on high-school seniors that going to school is like having a full-time job. Shoshana Arbor is no stranger to the art of the high-school juggle. As a senior at Buffalo High School in Buffalo, Texas, she takes advanced classes, holds office in various clubs (including the Student Council and Spanish club), is an honor student, and plays basketball.
The thought of going pro and sporting a Houston Comets jersey is tempting and intimidating. "I'm a munchkin compared to those 6'5" athletes," jokes the 5'6" Arbor. "But if someone offers me the opportunity [to be in the WNBA] I'm gonna take it." However, pro-ball stardom and endorsements aren't her top priority. Her main concern? To get into a good college and study sports medicine. So, why cram b-ball drills and defensive slides into an already hectic schedule that requires serious study time for pre-calculus and anatomy? Quite simply, Arbor loves the game and sees basketball as her ticket to a full scholarship and a good education.
Ask anyone from East Texas about this Lady Bison and they probably have her stats and game schedule committed to memory. The MVP is a local star; however, she's careful not to get a big head--even after being nominated to the McDonald's Ali-American team. "People see me as a great basketball player, but I don't see myself as others do," says the modest athlete who averages 18 points per game.
Arbor, 18, started shooting hoops for the Little Dribblers when she was five, but didn't take the game seriously until junior high school. "It was so much fun playing for real ... it was like moving up to the big [leagues]," says the student ranked second in a class of 60. The oldest of two, it took lots of "practice to get coordinated" and plenty of trips to summer camp to sharpen her game. Arbor believes that anyone willing to work hard and hustle can be successful at...