Catching up with Erika Arriaran
Sept. 16, 2010
After receiving her UT diploma in May, Erika Arriaran can also now call herself a professional basketball player. She is currently in Europe, and competing for Herner TC in Germany during the 2010 season.
Arriaran ranks first in UT's record book for career free throw percentage, sixth in career 3-pointers made and 10th in career 3-point percentage. She recently visited with TexasSports.com about her overseas opportunity, and her new life abroad.
What made you want to play overseas? I would like to become a coach in the future, and I felt that experiencing overseas play would be great for my resume. Plus it's another connection to possible future players.
How long will you be abroad? I'm not sure. It all depends on how my body can hold up.
Will this be your first time visiting Europe? This is my first time visiting, yes. I feel like I'm in bizarro world. Everything is opposite here.
What are you looking forward to most? I think I'm most looking forward to my own independence. I am learning to work and support myself. It is hard growing up, but it's an exciting challenge.
What differences are there playing basketball in Europe? As far as practice, I feel like we are a track/cross country/ basketball team. We are always running! The girls are also more physical.
What will you miss most from the United States? Other than my family and friends of course, I miss laundry dryers. They don't have those here. I think I'm going to kiss one when I get home!