Stanford’s Cameron Brink: ‘Basketball is my therapy’

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Stanford basketball standout Cameron Brink was featured in Whistle’s “No Days Off” series, with the sports network joining Brink on her day off.

A day off for the sophomore forward meant the beach, spikeball and hanging out with her family — one of her favorite things to do. It also included getting some shots up in the gym.

“It’s important to me to still get in the gym somehow, whatever I do, even if it’s just ball handling or shooting,” she said. “Basketball is therapy to me and it helps me get my mind off things.”

Brink reveals in the video that she wasn’t interested in sports until sixth grade, when she discovered a good coach, good teammates and a knack for basketball. Which shouldn’t be surprising for someone whose parents both played Division I basketball.

“They never forced me into playing, that’s why I started so late,” she said. “They just wanted me to be happy in whatever I was doing. And I really appreciate that because I think if I was forced into it I wouldn’t like it as much now.”

Still, having her parents around has been helpful as she’s continued her career, which includes winning the 2020 NCAA Championship with Stanford.

“They know the sport. They know what they’re talking about, so hearing their feedback was definitely tough at times but they were both elite Division I athletes so I definitely take what they say seriously. They’re both huge role models to me.”

Addressing her career aspirations, Brink revealed that she would love to play basketball “for as long as I can.”

“I definitely wanna play professionally,” she said. “I would love to play overseas. That would be the dream.”

Brink figures to take on an even larger role with the Cardinal during her second year, with the defending champs entering the season ranked No. 3 in the AP’s preseason poll.

Catch Brink’s full appearance on “No Days Off” below: