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    October 24, 2018 12:16 AM PDT

    When it was time out for everyone else, it was time in for NaLyssa Smith. Coty Sensabaugh Jersey .When it was halftime for the others, it was showtime for her.Smith was just 5 years old when she and her brother, Rodney Jr., who was 7, started tagging along to their dads rec basketball games in San Antonio, Texas. And whenever there was a break in the action, NaLyssa took over.Everyone was watching my sister, Rodney Jr. said. She was throwing up shots, and she was swishing and swishing.More than a decade later, those swishes havent stopped.NaLyssa, an undeclared 6-foot-4 junior forward for East Central (San Antonio), is the No. 12 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2018 class.Basketball has seemingly been her destiny since the day she was born. Her father, Rodney, was a 6-4 forward for the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her mother, Nikki, was a 5-8 sprinter on the AAU circuit.Before NaLyssa was born, doctors told her parents they were welcoming a 7-pound baby.Lo and behold, Nikki said, she was almost 10 pounds. The doctor almost dropped her when she came out. We make a joke about that every year on her birthday.Smith, who turned 16 on Aug. 8, was precisely 9 pounds, 15 ounces at birth. About a year later, she was already hooping in the garage with her brother -- swishing and swishing on a little plastic goal.I think she had that basketball mentality coming out of the womb, Rodney Jr. said.Smith was so destined to play basketball that her height has already matched her fathers. She towers over her brother by eight inches.Not that it bothers Rodney Jr.The 5-8 sophomore forward on the University of Saint Mary soccer team scored four goals and led his Spires with four assists last year while competing in the NAIAs Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.These days, he leaves the basketball to his sister.Im her No. 1 fan -- nobody is ever going to take that away from me, Rodney Jr. said. Shes all over my social media. I boost her so much -- Ive got to brag about her.Everyone, it seems, is a fan. Smith averaged 19 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks last season for a 22-9 team.She has numerous scholarship offers and will start receiving home visits from some of the top college basketball coaches in the nation. She wont narrow her list to five schools until March. In the meantime, she rattled off the schools she is considering: Baylor, Texas, Kansas, Texas Tech, TCU, Ohio State, Arizona State, West Virginia, Connecticut, Louisville, Oregon State, Notre Dame, Maryland, UCLA and Tennessee.Perhaps the first coach she impressed was Ian Ward, who wasnt even a coach at the time. He was just a guy playing adult-league basketball with Rodney Smith Sr.Ward, who is now Smiths coach at East Central, remembers the show she would put on at halftime of their games.She was tall for her age, and the way she could dribble and put the ball in the basket -- you could tell she was going to be special, Ward said.I dont remember a time where she wasnt at her fathers games. At the end of the timeouts, the refs would run her and her brother off the court. But at the next stoppage in play, they would be right back, getting shots up.Smiths passion for the game has only grown. She failed to make the U.S. U17 team this summer, but that didnt deter her at all.I wasnt really sad about getting cut, she said. It just motivated me to work harder.Next time, Im going to come even stronger to make them see what they missed this season.Smith, who has a 3.1 GPA, is interested in studying child development. She would like to own a daycare after she is done playing, but the possibility of coaching also intrigues her.East Central point guard Brittany Rodgers loves seeing Smith soar for her lob passes. Smith has dunked in practice, and her ability to score at the rim excites her teammates.But Smith is far more than a prototypical post player. She is so skilled that she initially shocked East Central assistant coach Keyondra White, who joined the team last year to mentor the guards.On her first day of practice, White asked the guards to join her.We break up -- bigs over there, guards over here, White said. When she comes with me, Im like, What in the world?But right away, shes doing ballhandling drills, hitting pull-up jumpers. Then she started knocking down 3s, left and right, and I knew she was special.White and Ward said Smith has become much more of a leader this summer, which makes East Central -- with all five starters returning -- a much more dangerous team.Koty Cowgill, who coaches Smith with the SA Finest AAU team, said her greatest attribute may be that she didnt just box herself into becoming a center. She took a complete-game approach, and its the reason shes in such demand with college coaches, Cowgill said.Smiths charisma is such that her father and brother have both tattooed their left arms with her name or nickname.Both NaLyssa and Rodney Jr. wear No. 3, and their brother-sister logo is S3, with the S standing for Smith.Our bond is unbreakable, Rodney Jr. said. I drove eight hours from Kansas to Colorado to see her at USA trials, and she busted out crying when she saw me.After he left for college, Rodney also surprised her at one of her high school games, hugging her on the court during warm-ups. She cried then, too.We go five months apart, so its always emotional when I see him, NaLyssa said. Its super hard.But when he comes home, were always together. Stephon Tuitt Jersey . "No difference at all," chirped U.S. roommate and linemate James van Riemsdyk. "Its still the same cranky Phil. Ernie Stautner Jersey . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. ;. Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has apologized to Geoff Petrie, saying that he meant no disrespect by his recent comments about the former general manager and acknowledging that all the mistakes are my mistakes.Ranadive issued his apology to the Sacramento Bee as part of a column published Saturday, four days after the unconventional owner criticized Petrie and former Kings coach Keith Smart during an interview with USA Today Sports.I wanted to sincerely apologize to Geoff Petrie and his team, Ranadive told the Bee. I meant no disrespect. I have the utmost respect for what they have done for the franchise and what they have accomplished. I fully understand that its a huge privilege to own a basketball team, and as chairman of the ownership, the buck stops with me. I accept responsibility for everything. All the mistakes are my mistakes.Ranadive purchased a majority ownership of the Kings in May 2013 and replaced Petrie, who had been Sacramentos GM for 20 years, with Pete DAlessandro a month later.As part of his conversation with UUSA Today Sports, which was published last Tuesday, Ranadive said that Petrie and Smart did not want to be part of the Kings rebuilding process at the end of the 2012-13 season. Matthew Thomas Jersey. .I had the draft was going to start, and players were going to come in for tryouts, Ranadive told USA Today Sports. There was nobody there. I needed somebody to go and actually work out the players. Nobody wanted to there. Geoff didnt want to be there. The coach didnt want to be there. There was nobody there.Those comments prompted sharp criticism from Petrie, a two-time NBA Executive of the Year who told Deadspin that Ranadives account was a sophomoric attempt at revisionist history.The Kings have gone 90-156 in three seasons since Ranadive purchased the team. The Kings fired DAlessandro after the 2014-15 season, replacing him with Vlade Divac, and are on their third head coach -- Dave Joerger -- in the last four seasons. Cheap Soccer Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Hockey Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys China Wholesale Baseball Jerseys China Wholesale College Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From ChinaWholesale Jerseys Near Me Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Cheap NCAA Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic MLB Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Throwback Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '