TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Typically, moving to a new place can fill one with anxiety. An unfamiliar territory filled with nothing but never-before-seen faces can understandably make some people uncomfortable.
But not freshman guard Kourtney Weber. Weber arrived to Tallahassee in mid-June and was more than ready to take on the next chapter of her life as a Florida State Seminole.
The Louisiana native was born and raised in the heart of The Big Easy. When asked about New Orleans, Weber’s eyes light up and a broad smile stretches across her face.
“Growing up in New Orleans is a lot of fun,” explained Weber. “Of course there’s the history of Hurricane Katrina and we have Mardi Gras which is a big deal, but really every day in the city is a celebration which is really cool.”
New Orleans is known as a city of triumph and resilience. After Hurricane Katrina, the world has watched this city successfully rebuild – humbled by tragedy, but not defined by it.
This narrative of surviving the storm is one that Weber is familiar with. She experienced her own personal setback during her junior year of high school when she suffered from a torn ACL.
“It was the third game of my junior season,” recalled Weber. “I was going up for a layup and just didn’t come down right.”
Kourtney refused to allow her high school injury limit her next-level success. So she worked. She spent months rehabbing multiple times a week and was in the gym daily trying to get back to her old self. She admitted that at times it was really hard, but similar to the city that molded her, she persisted.
During her time as a student-athlete at Ursuline Academy, Weber was a force to be reckoned with. Finishing her prep basketball career with 1,614 points, she averaged just over 23 points per game, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Division II Louisiana state championship, and led her team to a state championship victory as a senior.
She worked hard enough to earn an offer from Florida State and became the first of the 2018 freshmen class to commit as a Seminole. Her relationship with the coaching staff and familiarity with the girls on the team were big factors in her decision.
“Receiving an offer from Florida State felt really good,” expressed Weber. “Once you experience an injury, it’s a lot of hard work to get back to where you were, so it was nice knowing that all my hard work paid off.”
Kourtney’s work ethic and determination will definitely be valued this season. Nearly half of the roster is made up of freshmen, and by age the Seminoles are the youngest Power 5 program in the country. The team was recently predicted to finish seventh and eighth in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but this group has no intentions of letting their age hold them back.
“I know a lot of people are looking down on us because we’re a young team,” stated Weber. “But we’re going to shock a lot of people this year.”
Weber not only has high expectations for herself, but for the program as a whole. This year’s freshmen class is ranked number sixth in the nation and plans on justifying their ranking during their time in Tallahassee.
“I think we can really take this program to the next level,” expressed Weber. “It’s already a good program, but I think that we could break through to that national championship level. I think we can be the greatest class to walk through Florida State.”
Having the opportunity to play young was one of the main reasons that Weber decided to come to FSU. In only five months, Kourtney has established herself as an integral part of this team.
“I just bring energy every day, try to get better every day, and work hard,” explained Weber.
Weber’s teammates also think very highly of her.
“Kourtney is a very solid guard,” said freshman guard Morgan Jones. “She has a good basketball IQ, she can shoot the three, defend, and run the floor well and I think that’ll help us out a lot during the season.”
Kourtney’s hard work definitely hasn’t gone unnoticed, as it is clear that she is here and ready to make an impact in her new home away from home.