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Courtside Conversations with Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is employed by the UA as the women's basketball play-by-play announcer. He has 21 years of sports broadcasting experience and is in his eighth season as the voice of Arizona women's basketball. Every Wildcat women's basketball game this year will be broadcast live on KJLL 1330 AM, with Paul calling all the action.

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That blond streak that just went by on roller-blades, a skateboard, or on a motorized scooter could very well be Aimee Grzyb of the Arizona women's basketball team. It seems this 5-7 junior guard from San Jose, California is always living dangerously, whether it's on or off the court!

Off the court, Aimee Grzyb is a free spirit. This excerpt comes from her bio in the 2002-2003 media guide - The most interesting non-sports thing about me is: "that I love to bungee jump, skateboard or do anything that gives me a rush." That's Aimee Grzyb!

I remember the first time I met Aimee in the basketball offices at the UofA. My son Taylor was with me, and all of the sudden, this new freshman guard swooped by on her skateboard. Well, of course, my then-nine-year-old was fascinated. Aimee took the time to talk with him about her board and anything else he had on his mind. I knew then that Aimee Grzyb was special.

When Arizona jumped to #21 in the AP rankings last week, much of the attention was focused on players such as Shawntinice Polk and Dee-Dee Wheeler. But that blond streak that just went by on the McKale Center floor has made a huge contribution to her team's success. Aimee is a fighter. She is a player that works for every open shot and for every loose ball. She is quick as a wink and is one of the smartest players ever to come through the Arizona program. She is very much a beating portion of the Wildcats' collective heart.

Coming into this season, Grzyb had averaged 9.2 points per game and had done well from the three-point arc. However, her uncanny basketball sense and fire had not yet emerged. This season is a different story. Aimee is on fire. Her trapping defense helps teammates Natalie Jones and Dee-Dee Wheeler smother opponents. Her speed up-and-down the court complements Julie Brase, who has been playing her best basketball since she was a freshman. In short, Aimee Grzyb is as important a reason as any that Arizona is 4-1 heading into this Sunday's game at Ohio State.

The next time you are at McKale Center, and there is no game scheduled, make sure you keep your eyes open. A blond basketball player may be jumping from the roof or flying by you on a skateboard. If there is a game scheduled, don't blink because that same blond might fly right past you and shovel an entry pass to Polkey for 2 points. Either way, Aimee Grzyb is worth looking out for. She lives dangerously, but that's why she is who she is. Remember that day at McKale Center when I met Aimee for the first time? I was right -- she is special.

See you on the radio!
Paul Johnson

Please join us all season long on AM 1330 KJLL with each game broadcast beginning one half-hour before tip-off. December's schedule includes:

  • Sunday, Dec. 15 - Arizona at Ohio State = 11:30 a.m. Wildcat Warm-up
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18 - Arizona vs. New Mexico = 6:30 p.m. Wildcat Warm-up
  • Sunday, Dec. 22 - Arizona at UNLV = 5:30 p.m. Wildcat Warm-up
  • Friday, Dec. 27 - Arizona at California = 7:30 p.m. Wildcat Warm-up
  • Sunday, Dec. 29 - Arizona at Stanford = 2:30 p.m. Wildcat Warm-up

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