This archived article was written by: Abigail Ericson& Joy Malone
Brooke Taulupe Slade was brought into this world on Aug. 16, 1993. The world sure was good to her, because she is tall. Slade is 6 foot 3 inches to be exact. Her parents are Chris and Kathy Slade and she has three siblings; Vanessa, Kristy, and Shawnee. Slade is from Taylorsville, Utah, where she graduated from Taylorsville High School. During her stay at Taylorsville, Slade participated in basketball and golf. Her favorite basketball memory was, “beating Bingham at their house. It was awesome!” Her favorite golf memory was the time when, “I shot an 82 at a real hard course… yeah. It was awesome.”
Slade is on the women’s basketball team at USU Eastern. She plays center, and is number 31. Basketball is her favorite sport. She says, “I’ve been playing it since I was little, I honestly just love it.” Her favorite moment of the season so far is “[giving] Whitney a bruise and Shelby a bloody nose. That was all in one game.” Following this statement, Slade erupted in laughter.
Tandy Thackeray says of Slade, “She is a hard worker and is always willing to get the job done. A really great friend, basically awesome. She has some pretty sick post moves, you know, cause she’s really tall.” Thackeray continued to claim that she was one of Slade’s heroes.
However, that is a lie. Slade’s real heroes are Dwight Howard and Michael Jordan. Why are they her heroes? Well, the reasons would be, “Dwight Howard because he is an awesome post player and I look up to him (literally), and Michael Jordan because he was one of the best players in the NBA.”
Every morning when Slade wakes up, she finds her way to the bathroom. She attends all her classes, her favorite being music, and goes to basketball practice. Every night she “chills with Tandy and Hailee.” This is her favorite part of the day, and according to her, she is most definitely an evening person. Her bed time is 11 p.m., and she never wavers.
We engaged in a random question interview session with Slade. When given the choice between Nike and Adidas, Slade will always choose Nike. Waffles were found to be preferred over pancakes, her toothbrush is purple and white, and if she could go anywhere in the world she would go to New Zealand. She likes to sing in the shower, “not at school though, it’s not as comfy as at home.”
She doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up, and her most prized possession is her family. Her idea of the perfect date, “I’d have to say April 25, because it’s not too hot, and it’s not too cold. All you need is a light jacket. I honestly don’t know, nor care, as long as he pays. That kinda makes me sound like a gold digger.” Guys, if you’re looking to take Slade out on a date, make sure you’ve got the cash to back it up.
Slade is a tall, talented athlete. Her presence is definitely loved and adored by her teammates and friends at USU Eastern.