This is a special blog series that shares the experience of what it's like to be a part of the Panthers. Each blog will feature one of GSU’s six seniors leading up to Senior Day against Georgia Southern on March 9.

Janessa Murphy | McDonough, Ga.

Offering Up Advice: 

What advice would you give to –

  • High school players who aspire to compete in college.
    • “High school players need to understand that playing hard is a big key. Coaches like players who not only to score, but also do all the little things. Getting rebounds, taking charges, communicating on the floor. It’s more than just offense.”

  • Incoming freshman – if you could go back and give yourself advice entering and during your freshman year on the great things and challenges of being a college basketball player.
    • “If I could go back and give myself advice as a freshman I would tell myself to do the little things. Not to rush on being good at everything and work on my game.”
  • What do you want to leave behind for your teammates that remain?
    • “I want to leave behind to my teammates a shoulder to lean on. Let them know that they need to be there for their sisters. We are all we’ve got on and off the floor and we will always be family.” 

What are your most memorable moments with the Panthers?

“My most memorable moments with the Panthers is our team bonding. Before our games we all eat pregame and spend time together before we go out to the battlefield.”

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Panthers?

“To be a Panther means to be a leader, listener and a hard worker. It’s not only about playing basketball, it is bigger than that. Not to be selfish and open up opportunities for others so you can have some as well. Being a Panther isn’t just basketball, it’s life. Making the best decisions and always trying to better yourself and others.”