Q&A with Erin Boley

September 06, 2016

This past March, Erin Boley from Elizabethtown High School in Elizabethtown, KY was named the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Boley, who is now a freshman at Notre Dame, averaged 24.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.7 steals per game her senior year, leading her team to a 30-5 record. Off the court Boley maintained a 4.0 GPA, ranking 1st in her class. We asked her a few questions about her love of basketball and her transition to playing at the next level.


Q: At what age did you start playing basketball? What got you into the sport?

Boley: “I started playing basketball at age 4. Both of my parents played, so they originally got me into the sport.” 

Q: How old were you when you played for a local Upward Rec league? What memories do you have from that time?

Boley: “My earliest basketball memories are of Upward basketball when I was in kindergarten. I remember playing at a local church and being very competitive for my age. “

Q: What athletes did you look up to most growing up?

Boley: “My favorite player growing up was Candace Parker. I'm also a huge fan of Elena Delle Donne. “

Q: As you enter your freshman year at Notre Dame, what adjustments do you think you'll need to make to play at the next level?

Boley: “As a freshman here at ND, I'm going to have to focus on playing smart. Defense, rebounding, and attention to detail are going to be key factors in my success as a freshman.” 

Q: You're involved in several charities. Can you tell us about them?

Boley: “In high school, I volunteered at an after-school program for at-risk kids in my community. I was a volunteer art teacher. I taught art lessons during the week to elementary school kids. It was something very close to my heart because I love working with kids and art is something I'm very passionate about. The program pushed me to volunteer in a kindergarten classroom my senior year in high school, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made! I also spent time volunteering with my family at a local soup kitchen.”  

Q: What Bible verse means the most to you at this point in your life?

Boley: “Right now my favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11- "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you hope and a future." 

 2014 WNBA MVP Maya Moore presents Erin Boley with the Gatorade Player of the Year award.