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Three Questions for Chiquita Evans

In March, the Chicago native, 30, became the first woman drafted by the NBA 2K League for pro video gamers. She now plays for the team affiliated with the Golden State Warriors.

Photo: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

How did you get so good at 2K?

I played basketball in high school, college, and semipro. When I messed my knee up [at Kentucky State], I took a break. That’s when I picked up 2K.

Did you think you’d get drafted?

I had a lot of good interviews — it’s more than just playing, ’cause you’re representing an NBA organization. They liked the way I carried myself, but no one told me, “We’re gonna pick you up.” So I had no clue.

Data shows that in 2K men often pass the ball to women less. Have you found that?

With certain people, yes. But the team I played on before I got drafted had four to five females, and we never had problems. [The acceptance of women in esports] has to start with us. You have to push your way in and gain respect.

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