Two ankle injuries couldn't keep Brandie Hoskins down. Neither could rejections by two WNBA teams. The former Ohio State star currently suits up with the Columbus Hidden Gems, a semi-pro team in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League. She shared more about her quest to make it to the big time.

Two ankle injuries couldn't keep Brandie Hoskins down. Neither could rejections by two WNBA teams. The former Ohio State star currently suits up with the Columbus Hidden Gems, a semi-pro team in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League. She shared more about her quest to make it to the big time.

I started playing basketball when I was seven or eight. I've got two sisters, but neither one of them played basketball. My sisters are girly girls. I have a bunch of boy cousins, and they played every sport. I tried to play everything they played.

I tore my Achilles in my junior year and my senior year. When I tore my second Achilles, I lost all hope. I still got drafted by the Seattle Storm in 2007, but I had to sit out, so I wasn't able to try out that year.

My first time playing overseas was in 2008. I've played in Israel, Ukraine and Greece so far. I play with basically all WNBA players. Their season doesn't interfere with overseas leagues. NBA players play nine months out of the year, while the girls play only three, three-and-a-half months.

A lot of people can't take it overseas. It's a different language, different food - just different. But if you love basketball, you're willing to do whatever to keep playing.

Three things I can't live without are my family, my basketball and my music.

The Columbus Hidden Gems are some of the best girls around. We're a passionate, fast-paced team. You're going to see some moves that you don't think girls can do. We're ranked No. 1 in the league.

The best advice I've ever received is never, ever give up. My mom always tells me that. You've got to believe in yourself. Once you stop doing that, it's almost like you stop living.

Something people might not know about me is that I'm very sensitive. People get this basketball perception of me, so they assume me to be hard and tough. I'm not like that. My friends will tell you that I'm very sensitive and caring.

So far, m y best basketball moment was getting drafted. My next greatest moment is going to be when I make the team.

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