It has been said that “good things come in small packages,” and Boise State sophomore guard Cinnamon Lister is living proof.  At just 5’5″, the Corona, California native has made her mark on Idaho’s Treasure Valley not only as a dedicated student athlete but as an integral member of BSU’s Women’s Basketball Program.  Always looking for ways to improve her game in the off-season, Cinnamon has begun attending weekly training sessions at our Academy in Eagle, and we recently got a chance to catch up with her about the experience. Here’s what she had to say.

As a Division I student athlete, you have have a list of options available to you in the off-season, so how did you get involved with HSB Academy?
Over the last two years, HSB has become somewhat synonymous with BSU Women’s Basketball.  A handful of players have worked camps and clinics and one of my teammates (Mandy Munns) recently started an internship with the Academy. Through Munns I was able to meet Mike and Carson and learn more about the program which really sparked my interest. I’m always looking for ways to improve my game whenever I can, and had heard from multiple sources about the caliber of training these guys offer. They weren’t lying lol!

With only a few sessions under your belt, what have you learned most about your game thus far?
Reps, reps, and more reps! My shot has never really been one of my strengths on the court, and these guys have spent some time breaking it down for me and helping me understand why.  They have given me some great tips on how to improve but it’s all about the reps.

In your opinion, how does HSB Academy live the brand encouraging Hard Work / Sacrifice / and the Belief that anything is possible?
The coaches want nothing but the best for every player and stress the importance of hard work and mental toughness on a daily basis. They want you to be the best you can possibly be.

This is not the first basketball academy you have worked with over the years. How does the training stack up?
Although I haven’t spent as much time with the coaches at HSB as I have with some of the others, these guys are the real deal. They have great knowledge of the game and know how to push you to your limits.

Most people don’t know you have a twin sister Jasmine who plays at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. One-on-one, who wins?
I’ll win for sure lol!

Some Fun Facts About Cinnamon:

Gotta ask, can you dunk?
That’s funny

Highest Scoring Game?
Fourteen in college and twenty-five in high school.

Basketball mentors?
I have several. My point guard coach Henry Mercadel, basketball trainer Pete Rivas, travel ball coach Brian Crichlow, and my high school coach Jim Leduc.

Any Basketball Awards Or Accolades?
Working on my collegiate honors but in high school, ranked 44th best prep point guard in the nation by Hoopgurlz.com, Four-Time All-Big 8 League Honoree, All-Area Third Team, Three-Time Team Defensive MVP, Two-Time Team Captain, and Four-Time Santiago HS Scholar Athlete.

Do you have aspirations to play at the next level?
Definitely! I would love to play overseas after school.