Keani Cochelle: 6’1″ and 36-29-47
XXL: What’s this about you playing serious college basketball?
Cochelle: I played for NC State for a couple of years and then transferred to Pepperdine. I played power forward, but I’m good on the outside and inside, so I’m versatile. I’ve been playing basketball since the third grade.
XXL: And tell us about the boxing.
Cochelle: I’m always big on seeing things and saying, ‘I can do that better.’ A boyfriend of mine at the time was into boxing and promoting boxers and stuff. I’d see the women fight and I’d say, ‘I can do that.’ So, I started training and I would say in about a year, two years was planning on fighting Laila (Ali), but she had her baby. I was going to take her dad’s style and use it against her, but it never happened.
XXL: I don’t know if you caught it, but Lil Wayne made his crush on Notre Dame player Skylar Diggins evident by rocking her jersey at one of his concerts earlier in the year. Ya’ll might be the baddest amongst the female ballers, ha? Female ballers can be sexy.
Cochelle: Yeah. My mom always had ribbons in my hair, when I was running down the court. I’ve always had my nails painted. I’ve always been a girly, girl off the court and on the court, really. But at the same time, I’m athletic, competitive and want to win. I speak to young women athletes a lot and tell them that you don’t have to be manly and butch to play sports. You can still carry yourself as a woman and be sexy with it.
XXL: What kind of reaction would you get in college off the court?
Cochelle: A lot of guys are intimidated, though. I was as tall as they were, very focused and smart, but sexy as well. They were intimidated, but I’m very down to earth and approachable. They’d always want to hang out with me and get at me. They would try to challenge me on the court, but that really didn’t work out.
XXL: Well, we can tell you’re serious about your basketball. So, we called a quick huddle in XXL offices and came up with a way to go 1-on-1 with you. We’re going to name a hoops term and you tell us what comes to mind in the bedroom.
Cochelle: (Laughing) Ok, that’s cool.
XXL: Fast Break.
Cochelle: I would say quickies.
Cochelle: Umm . . . goaltending would be going out before I get mine, I guess. Finishing before I get mine.
XXL: Backcourt violation.
Cochelle: Oh my gosh, you guys are crazy. Backcourt violation – They would get turned down, not even allowed in the game. They would get taken out the game.
Cochelle: Oh my God (laughing)! Two hands on my ass. Palming the butt.
XXL: Banging in the post.
Cochelle: Going hard, taking it all the way, not backing down.
XXL: Backdoor cut.
Cochelle: Face down, ass up. Doggystyle.
XXL: Technical foul.
Cochelle: Not giving me head. Yeah, that’s a technical foul.
XXL: Give and go.
Cochelle: I guess, a one-night stand (laughing).
XXL: Pick and roll.
Cochelle: Hitting it and falling asleep.
XXL: Double team.
Cochelle: A threesome.
XXL: You could always say that you never played 1-on-1 like this.
Cochelle: Exactly. Now I know what guys think when they say let’s play 1-on-1. They’re thinking of all those terms.