View Park point guard Danielle Pruitt is an All City player who already has been on two City championship teams. She’s reached great heights on the court while carrying a 4.2 GPA, which she’s taking to LMU next year. Photo by Jason Lewis By Jason LewisSports Editor
View Park point guard Danielle Pruitt is a student athlete, but it is hard to say which aspect of her life she puts an emphasis on. As a student she carries a 4.2 grade point average, but as an athlete she earned Division IV All-State Honors, first team All-City selection in each of the last two seasons and the Coliseum League Most Valuable Player award, and she’s is going after a third City championship. Pruitt also won the City title in the 100-meter dash in track and field. There is no question that she is a great athlete, but in the long run it looks like sports will take a back seat, which is why she works so hard in the classroom. “I’m not sure if I want to play basketball after (college), I want to be a doctor,” Pruitt said. “So I’m focused on my education more.”Pruitt’s favorite subject is math, because she says that there is only one answer. In other subjects there can be multiple answers, and she loves to be right. The Pruitt name is well known in Los Angeles. She is the youngest of five, and they all played basketball. Her brother Gabe Pruitt played at Westchester and then at USC. He went on to play for the Boston Celtics. Pruitt says that her family is extremely supportive of her, which is one of the reasons why she chose to attend Loyal Marymount University. “I’m used to the family support, and that’s what I need,” Pruitt said. “They’re usually at all my games, at all my practices, and I just always look up in the stands and feel great with them watching me.”Pruitt loves playing point guard because she can be a leader, which she takes pride in. She is a four-year varsity starter at View Park, but as a freshman the pressure was on her because there were a lot of seniors on the team. Head coach Denise Woods has notices a major difference between her freshman year and now. “When she first came in as a freshman she was very talented, but she was kind of soft spoken and didn’t speak up much,” Woods said. “But now we’ve seen her grow into someone who the team really looks to be a leader out there on the court, not just emotionally or by her work ethic, but verbally.”Pruitt is averaging 16 points, five assists, and eight rebounds, but she’s a defensive player at heart. “I love defense better than offenses,” Pruitt said. “I just like shutting people down.”Being great on both sides of the court has taken a lot of work on Pruitt’s part.“Danielle’s strengths are that she really out works any and everyone she plays against,” Woods said. “Every game and every possession is important to her, and she’s a great leader out there on the court.”Pruitt is not only a leader on the court, but also on campus. “At school she also sets an example,” Woods said. “She’s a great student and she tutors some of her teammates. Her teachers love her because she engages in conversation. She’s not one of those kids who sits in the back of class and tries to get by. She actually wants to do well.”Pruitt has a good supporting cast around her on the court, which is helping her win championships, and she has a good supporting cast off the court, which well make her an asset to our community.
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