Troy’s Amahni Upshaw transitioning to a leader on and off the co - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Troy’s Amahni Upshaw transitioning to a leader on and off the court

The Troy junior has been playing the last three years for the Trojans after having a stellar career at Brantley and coming to Troy was a no-brainer. (Source: WSFA 12 News) The Troy junior has been playing the last three years for the Trojans after having a stellar career at Brantley and coming to Troy was a no-brainer. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
TROY, AL (WSFA) -

Troy player Amahni Upshaw’s love of basketball dates back to her days in diapers.

“When I was little, everyone has one of those little goals, and I played with my father,” said Upshaw. “When I was little, I got started in the Upward program in the community and it’s just took me from there.”

The junior has been playing the last three years for the Trojans after having a stellar career at Brantley. Coming to Troy was a no-brainer.

“I just wanted to be close to home and have that support,” said Upshaw. “Every time the stands are filled with Brantley people, I just like to know I have that hometown support.”

During her time with the Trojans, Upshaw has grown from a shy freshman to one of the leaders for this program. Head coach Chanda Rigby calls her the epitome of a true teammate on the court and an even better leader off of it.

“It’s just all about knowing what the coaches need and what the team needs as well,” said Upshaw. “I see myself as a leader coming from high school. I’ve always had that role finish and it’s the point of having the opportunity of being that person and I feel like this is my year.”

On the court for Upshaw, she said the most important thing for her is knowing her role.

During this season, Upshaw has moved from forward to running the point when her team needs her to, which makes her so easy to play with.

“You do what they need you to do and what you’re told to do,” said Upshaw. “I played guard before in high school and I went back to that a few games ago because that’s what she needed me to do.”

Upshaw makes sure to give back to the community. When not on the court or the gym, Upshaw is usually out in Troy spending time with Trojan fans and thanking them for their support, especially the kids.

“I love the kids. These parents take time to bring their kids out to interact with us and I think it goes beyond being on the court,” said Upshaw.

“I met a little girl at camp. She means a lot to me,” said Upshaw. “I would consider her my best friend. She’s about five or six. Her name is Maddie Sellers. Her father works here with the media, his name is Jonathan. I keep up with them still. I played Candyland, she loves it. We play Barbie dolls. We actually colored not too long ago. Just to know that she can look up to me and I’m always going to be there for her.”

Upshaw looks to continue leading the Trojans this season as Troy goes for its third straight Sun Belt title and earn another berth in the NCAA tournament.

Copyright 2018 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved. 

  • Team CoverageRegional College SportsMore>>

  • Troy trio leading offensive charge

    Troy trio leading offensive charge

    Friday, May 11 2018 4:33 PM EDT2018-05-11 20:33:48 GMT
    The Troy Trojans are 16-8 since they've shaken up their lineup and moved Drew Fredric into the no. 2 spot. (Source: WSFA 12 News)The Troy Trojans are 16-8 since they've shaken up their lineup and moved Drew Fredric into the no. 2 spot. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The trio of Matt Sanders, Drew Fredric, and Joey Denison has given opposing pitchers fits.

    More >>

    The trio of Matt Sanders, Drew Fredric, and Joey Denison has given opposing pitchers fits.

    More >>
  • Wetumpka girl, 8, joins ASU Women's Volleyball team

    Wetumpka girl, 8, joins ASU Women's Volleyball team

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 5:42 PM EDT2018-05-08 21:42:06 GMT
    8-year-old Mollie Beth Preston poses with her teammates on the ASU Women's Volleyball team. (Source: WSFA 12 News)8-year-old Mollie Beth Preston poses with her teammates on the ASU Women's Volleyball team. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The Alabama State University Women's Volleyball team officially has a new member, 8-year-old Mollie Beth Preston of Wetumpka. 

    More >>

    The Alabama State University Women's Volleyball team officially has a new member, 8-year-old Mollie Beth Preston of Wetumpka. 

    More >>
  • Troy freshman fueling Trojans on the mound

    Troy freshman fueling Trojans on the mound

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 9:23 PM EDT2018-05-03 01:23:30 GMT
    Freshman Annie Willis has looked like anything but in the circle for the Troy Trojans. (Source: WSFA 12 News)Freshman Annie Willis has looked like anything but in the circle for the Troy Trojans. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
    Freshman Annie Willis has looked like anything but in the circle for the Troy Trojans. (Source: WSFA 12 News)Freshman Annie Willis has looked like anything but in the circle for the Troy Trojans. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

    “I just have trusted everybody that has helped me so far and I’ve just listened to Coach Jay, and I’ve just trusted myself, and I’ve gotten to the point where I am,”

    More >>

    “I just have trusted everybody that has helped me so far and I’ve just listened to Coach Jay, and I’ve just trusted myself, and I’ve gotten to the point where I am,”

    More >>
  • NewsMore>>

  • Facebook: We're better at policing nudity than hate speech

    Facebook: We're better at policing nudity than hate speech

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 10:17 AM EDT2018-05-15 14:17:56 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 5:03 AM EDT2018-05-21 09:03:29 GMT
    For hate speech, Facebook's human reviewers and computer algorithms identified just 38 percent of the violations. (Source: Pixabay)For hate speech, Facebook's human reviewers and computer algorithms identified just 38 percent of the violations. (Source: Pixabay)

    Facebook report reveals its screening system is better at detecting some forms of offensive content than others.

    More >>

    Facebook report reveals its screening system is better at detecting some forms of offensive content than others.

    More >>
  • NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link

    NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link

    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 22:51:57 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 5:02 AM EDT2018-05-21 09:02:43 GMT
    (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). Flags fly at half staff in front of the justice center at Santa Fe, Texas on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first worship servic...(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). Flags fly at half staff in front of the justice center at Santa Fe, Texas on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first worship servic...
    The National Rifle Association's incoming president is linking school shootings to using medications such as Ritalin.More >>
    The National Rifle Association's incoming president is linking school shootings to using medications such as Ritalin.More >>
  • Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

    Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:31 AM EDT2018-05-20 05:31:13 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 5:02 AM EDT2018-05-21 09:02:41 GMT
    (Alan Berner /The Seattle Times via AP). Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner's and a King County Sheriff's deputy on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, WA., following a fatal cou...(Alan Berner /The Seattle Times via AP). Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner's and a King County Sheriff's deputy on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, WA., following a fatal cou...

    Authorities say the cougar believed responsible for the attack has been euthanized.

    More >>

    Authorities say the cougar believed responsible for the attack has been euthanized.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly