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PostPosted: 01/07/17 2:57 am    ::: You better Belibi it Reply Reply with quote

15-yr old Francesca Belibi of Regis Jesuit of Aurora, Colorado


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I've got her penciled in for the 2023 draft.



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“I didn’t expect it to be honest with you,” said Belibi, who finished with a game-high 21 points.

“I don’t know, I just did it,” she added. “I didn’t realize it went in until I heard the crowd and heard the snap (of the rim). Then I definitely heard my teammates. I think the crowd definitely understands the importance behind it — the first girl to dunk — but it was completely unexpected.

“Girls don’t dunk.”


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Mattei had seen Belibi dunk with a tennis ball as a freshman and then do it for real in practice during the club season. But it finally happened in a game and the video clip when viral immediately after the game, going all the way to ESPN’s SportsCenter.

“It’s a shot, just like a 3-point shot, so I tell her if you want to try it, go for it,” Mattei said. “It was amazing, it was a real thrill. I had to call a time out, everyone was screaming. It’s just unseen.”


http://www.aurorasentinel.com/sports/preps/girls-basketball/girls-basketball-regis-jesuits-francesca-belibi-first-girl-dunk-colorado/



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PostPosted: 01/07/17 9:50 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Here's an article from a year ago, so they saw it coming.

Francesca Belibi of Regis Jesuit may be first girl to dunk in Colorado high school game

http://www.denverpost.com/2016/01/16/francesca-belibi-of-regis-jesuit-may-be-first-girl-to-dunk-in-colorado-high-school-game/


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For too long, playing basketball was out of Francesca Belibi’s reach. Only recently has she been able to grab hold and enjoy it.

“I always wanted to play, but my parents didn’t have time to drop me off to deal with practice and everything,” she said. “I had to wait until high school to try out.”

Now a 14-year-old freshman at Class 5A Regis Jesuit, Belibi may prove to be one of the state’s most intriguing young talents in many years.


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Belibi is 6-foot-1 and 174 pounds. Nevermind that she is as raw as a cold Rocky Mountain morning in January. Though she entered this season not even knowing the rules of basketball, Belibi is near the front of the line to become the first girl to dunk in a Colorado high school game, and do it regularly.

Girls basketball is played below the net, although Belibi could help change that.


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The Belibi family moved from Kansas seven years ago. Francesca’s parents are doctors, and she has played tennis since she was 4 years old.

Belibi, one of the first Raiders off the bench, entered the weekend fifth in scoring (averaging 5.1 points) on her team, third in rebounding (5.3) and tops in blocked shots (15). Those numbers figure to rise as she learns more about the game and how to develop her skills.



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PostPosted: 01/08/17 5:24 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote



Look at far away she is from the basket when she starts lifting the ball above her head.



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PostPosted: 01/08/17 8:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Well hopefully Colorado was recruiting her before this because afterwords she is going to be get a lot of attention that she may not have had previously.


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PostPosted: 01/08/17 8:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Well hopefully Colorado was recruiting her before this because afterwords she is going to be get a lot of attention that she may not have had previously.


We'll see how she progresses, but the last time I was this intrigued by a young player dunking, it was Griner.... who was also a "late bloomer". This player is only 6' tall, so this is matching what male players at that height can do.



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PostPosted: 01/08/17 10:43 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Pretty impressive. And she could very well add some inches yet, as freshmen in HS tend to grow more, though females less so than males.



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PostPosted: 01/09/17 2:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

That's as impressive a dunk as I've seen from a 6-0/6-1 player, especially the one hand ball control, which suggests she may have large hands as well as great vertical leap.

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PostPosted: 01/09/17 2:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Here it is with game audio

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PostPosted: 01/09/17 3:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Her ball control on that dunk was impressive. Will be interesting to see how she develops.


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PostPosted: 01/09/17 5:44 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Blue Star currently ranks Belibi as the 15th best player in the Class of 2019.


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PostPosted: 01/09/17 7:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Saw that. Impressive. Have yall seen Ashlyn Watkins?
https://youtu.be/evN4EuvAzyo
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PostPosted: 01/11/17 10:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

She likes ND, Stanford and Princeton at the moment.

Both of her parents are doctors, so academics seem to be her #1 priority.

http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/18452277/regis-jesuit-girls-basketball-player-francesca-belibi-aftermath-dunk


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PostPosted: 01/12/17 12:24 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

sammieee wrote:
She likes ND, Stanford and Princeton at the moment.

Both of her parents are doctors, so academics seem to be her #1 priority.

http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/18452277/regis-jesuit-girls-basketball-player-francesca-belibi-aftermath-dunk


It sounds like she's serious about continuing to play ball. That's good.
But we gotta talk her out of ND. What about Duke? EWill went to Duke!



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PostPosted: 01/12/17 1:30 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

sammieee wrote:

http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/18452277/regis-jesuit-girls-basketball-player-francesca-belibi-aftermath-dunk

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She can palm a men's basketball, that's how big her hands are

For her height, she has the biggest hands I've ever seen on a girl.
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PostPosted: 01/13/17 10:37 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

She has what Rob Clough would refer to as a "savant talent", meaning that on top of her basketball skills, she has a particular physical attribute (or attributes) that gives her an extra advantage.

Rob used the term in describing Alana Beard, noting:
For Beard, it was her long arms that gave her an edge. She was certainly quick, agile and extremely clever with her decision-making, but her arms allowed her to reach around players and poke the ball away for a steal & layup (her signature play), to play exceptional post defense, and to post up on the left block for a money turnaround jumper.

Alana is 5-11 with elite athleticism. But the "savant talent" was the 6-4 wingspan.

Belibi is about 6-1, with a vertical leap estimated at 30 inches. But the savant talent is her 6-8 wingspan. That wingspan will allow her to defend multiple positions, including players who are significantly taller than she is. I imagine that it also explains why she was one of the best in Colorado at tennis (doubles), as her net coverage is spectacular.


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"She can palm a men's basketball, that's how big her hands are," Mattei said. "She can take one dribble from the corner 3-point line and dunk."

Learning to play basketball, however, was far more complicated. She didn't become a starter until last February. She averaged 6.3 points and 5.9 rebounds as a freshman but has improved to 18.0 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 2.1 steals this season.

She has improved her foul shooting from 33 percent as a freshman to 53 percent this season. And she's just now rounding into form after missing time this season because of an ankle injury.



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PostPosted: 01/13/17 2:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

As a former alum, ND has great pre-med program ...


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Oops, she did it again!

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And AGAIN...

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I think she's up to three for the season.



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http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/19241302/samantha-brunelle-francesca-belibi-35-prospects-invited-usa-basketball-trials?addata=espnw:womenbb:index

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Samantha Brunelle, the No. 1 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2019 class, and Francesca Belibi, who made national headlines this past season for her prolific dunking in Colorado, headline the list of 35 players who were invited by USA Basketball to the women's U16 national team trials.



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She's got STANFORD written all over her.

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Shades wrote:
http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/19241302/samantha-brunelle-francesca-belibi-35-prospects-invited-usa-basketball-trials?addata=espnw:womenbb:index

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Samantha Brunelle, the No. 1 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2019 class, and Francesca Belibi, who made national headlines this past season for her prolific dunking in Colorado, headline the list of 35 players who were invited by USA Basketball to the women's U16 national team trials.


What ever college Belibi picks, I hope the coach will allow her to dunk, not sure Geno would allow that so maybe she'll end up at Tennessee or Baylor.
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I hope her parents have enough sense to keep her out of Baylor.



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#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:
Shades wrote:
http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/19241302/samantha-brunelle-francesca-belibi-35-prospects-invited-usa-basketball-trials?addata=espnw:womenbb:index

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Samantha Brunelle, the No. 1 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2019 class, and Francesca Belibi, who made national headlines this past season for her prolific dunking in Colorado, headline the list of 35 players who were invited by USA Basketball to the women's U16 national team trials.


What ever college Belibi picks, I hope the coach will allow her to dunk, not sure Geno would allow that so maybe she'll end up at Tennessee or Baylor.


Why wouldn't he allow it? He's one of the people who favors lower rims, presumably to make dunking more prevalent.



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Saw that. Impressive. Have yall seen Ashlyn Watkins?
https://youtu.be/evN4EuvAzyo


Not bad for 11, but....those rims are NOT at 10 ft.



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Howee wrote:
hyperetic wrote:
Saw that. Impressive. Have yall seen Ashlyn Watkins?
https://youtu.be/evN4EuvAzyo


Not bad for 11, but....those rims are NOT at 10 ft.


Of course not, 11 year olds don't play on a regulation 10 foot goal. At that age, they play on 9 foot.
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Shades wrote:
#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:
Shades wrote:
http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/19241302/samantha-brunelle-francesca-belibi-35-prospects-invited-usa-basketball-trials?addata=espnw:womenbb:index

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Samantha Brunelle, the No. 1 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2019 class, and Francesca Belibi, who made national headlines this past season for her prolific dunking in Colorado, headline the list of 35 players who were invited by USA Basketball to the women's U16 national team trials.


What ever college Belibi picks, I hope the coach will allow her to dunk, not sure Geno would allow that so maybe she'll end up at Tennessee or Baylor.


Why wouldn't he allow it? He's one of the people who favors lower rims, presumably to make dunking more prevalent.
I'm not sure, that's the reason I said I'm not sure Geno would allow Belibi to dunk, but Moore or Stewart never dunked in game when I'm sure both could have had a chance to do so, just doesn't seem like something he would prefer his players to do.
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hyperetic wrote:
Howee wrote:
hyperetic wrote:
Saw that. Impressive. Have yall seen Ashlyn Watkins?
https://youtu.be/evN4EuvAzyo


Not bad for 11, but....those rims are NOT at 10 ft.


Of course not, 11 year olds don't play on a regulation 10 foot goal. At that age, they play on 9 foot.


I had NO idea. Razz Back in the 80s, I coached kids in the 8-12 age group, and they certainly played with 10 ft. hoops.



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Howee wrote:
hyperetic wrote:
Howee wrote:
hyperetic wrote:
Saw that. Impressive. Have yall seen Ashlyn Watkins?
https://youtu.be/evN4EuvAzyo


Not bad for 11, but....those rims are NOT at 10 ft.


Of course not, 11 year olds don't play on a regulation 10 foot goal. At that age, they play on 9 foot.


I had NO idea. Razz Back in the 80s, I coached kids in the 8-12 age group, and they certainly played with 10 ft. hoops.


In California, 11-year-olds play on 10-foot baskets. So do 10-year-olds. So do 9-year-olds.



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2019 Laeticia Amihere can also dunk, could make for some fun future match ups.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIxz2sG64BQ
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#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:
2019 Laeticia Amihere can also dunk, could make for some fun future match ups.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIxz2sG64BQ


Pretty amazing, but....Good LORD!! If you watch that video, at the very end, it sounds like someone is being bludgeoned to death! Shocked Laughing

Re: Fran B? I REALLY love that kid's personality, as far as one can tell from short vids; and her tennis serve is of a very pure form, too. Gifted! Now. How to get her to Oklahoma.... Idea



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Howee wrote:
#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:
2019 Laeticia Amihere can also dunk, could make for some fun future match ups.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIxz2sG64BQ


Pretty amazing, but....Good LORD!! If you watch that video, at the very end, it sounds like someone is being bludgeoned to death! Shocked Laughing

Re: Fran B? I REALLY love that kid's personality, as far as one can tell from short vids; and her tennis serve is of a very pure form, too. Gifted! Now. How to get her to Oklahoma.... Idea


Yeah i thought Frans dunks were impressive but Gee Whiz That Laeticia girl almost set the place on fire . That was very very impressive !



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Does anyone know if Fran is playing AAU/Summer ball? I haven't seen anything about her other then being invited to the USAB try outs later this month.
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One handers, two handers, can the alley-oops be far behind? Laughing Cool
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One handers, two handers, can the alley-oops be far behind? Laughing Cool


@_theblackqueen_ is a dunking machine

https://mobile.twitter.com/_Theblackqueen_/status/823592626326831104/video/1

https://mobile.twitter.com/SInow/status/862034494953574400/video/1
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#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:
hyperetic wrote:
One handers, two handers, can the alley-oops be far behind? Laughing Cool


@_theblackqueen_ is a dunking machine

https://mobile.twitter.com/_Theblackqueen_/status/823592626326831104/video/1

https://mobile.twitter.com/SInow/status/862034494953574400/video/1



whos the player? If those were 10 ft rims this is magical ! Cool



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WNBA 09 wrote:
#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:
hyperetic wrote:
One handers, two handers, can the alley-oops be far behind? Laughing Cool


@_theblackqueen_ is a dunking machine

https://mobile.twitter.com/_Theblackqueen_/status/823592626326831104/video/1

https://mobile.twitter.com/SInow/status/862034494953574400/video/1



whos the player? If those were 10 ft rims this is magical ! Cool



Laeticia Amihere, a 6'3 2019 prospect from Canada.

http://www.espn.com/high-school/girls-basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/224773/laeticia-amihere
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Funny thing about Ashlyn Watkins, if you look at the backboard, it reads: NO DUNKING.


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Belibi can leap, but she tried to dunk four times in warmups just now and never really got close.

Of course, she's already had two 90-minute sessions today, plus two hard days previous.

There are 64 left with three more sessions to go. Team will be announced Monday at 8 a.m. Central time.



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She may not have made those dunks but she impressed well enough to be one of the 20 finalists.


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Belibi is an interesting case. She's only played the game for about a year, she's incredibly athletic and plays very well for one with such limited experience.

She also showed flashes of brilliance, followed by segments when you didn't even know she was on the court.

I think keeping her makes sense because of her potential, and also because conceivably she could play for Cameroon, where her parents are from. As always, though, the most difficult thing about evaluating a player in any sport is trying to determine when they will stop improving. Belibi clearly could improve a great deal over the next few years, as opposed to others who have been playing year-round since age 10.



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ClayK wrote:
Belibi is an interesting case. She's only played the game for about a year, she's incredibly athletic and plays very well for one with such limited experience.

She also showed flashes of brilliance, followed by segments when you didn't even know she was on the court.

I think keeping her makes sense because of her potential, and also because conceivably she could play for Cameroon, where her parents are from. As always, though, the most difficult thing about evaluating a player in any sport is trying to determine when they will stop improving. Belibi clearly could improve a great deal over the next few years, as opposed to others who have been playing year-round since age 10.


Thanks for the review of Belibi, I think she'll end up going to Stanford, seems like a good fit.
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From Team USA profile

https://www.usab.com/basketball/players/womens/b/belibi-francesca.aspx

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As of May 31, 2017

USA Basketball Notes

Selected to the 2017 USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team on May 31, 2017, after having been named as a finalist on May 29, 2017.
Accepted an invitation to attend the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials on April 25, 2017.
Played on Denver at the 2017 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Tournament April 8-9 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, finishing in second place.

High School Honors

2017 Aurora Sentinel Player of the Year.
2017 Aurora Sentinel All-Continental League first team.

High School Notes

Has played two varsity seasons at Regius Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado.
Lists career single-game highs of 31 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, seven blocked shots and five steals, all recorded during the 2016-17 season.
Has started in 27 of 51 career games and has amassed career totals of 567 points, 449 rebounds, 59 assists, 83 steals and 119 blocked shots.
As a sophomore in 2016-17, started in 25 of 26 games and averaged 15.7 ppg., 11.6 rpg., 1.6 apg., 2.6 spg. and 3.2 bpg. to help her team to a 20-7 record and the state tournament semifinals; missed time early in the season due to an ankle injury.
Became the first girl to dunk in a Colorado high school game, getting a steal at midcourt and throwing it down with her right hand in a 78-23 win over in-state opponent Grand Junction on Jan. 6, 2017.
As a freshman in 2015-16, started in two of 25 games and averaged 6.3 ppg., 5.9 rpg. and 1.5 bpg. to help her team to a 16-9 record.
Plays in the summer for Mile Hi Magic.
As a freshman in 2015-16, placed third in the state in doubles tennis.

Personal Notes

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, and now resides in Centennial, Colorado.
Full name is Francesca, but prefers to go by Fran.
Started playing basketball in September 2015.
Daughter of Frank and Suzanne Belibi, who were born in Cameroon and moved to Belgium before coming to the United States.
Has one brother, Frank Joseph Belibi (8) and two sisters, Fabiola Belibi (13) and Hana Belibi (10).
Grew up playing tennis.

The Scoop

Is right handed.
First played basketball during her freshman year of high school, because she thought it was something fun that she could actually be good at.
Loves to read and play with her siblings.
LeBron James is her favorite player, because he is such a versatile player who excels in every aspect of the game.
Serena Williams is her favorite Olympian, because she is such a great role model with her work ethic and her dedication to her sport.
Math is her favorite class.
“Stay” by Alessia Cara is her most played song.
Skittles are her favorite pregame snack.
Draws inspiration from her friends and family.
Her two biggest accomplishments are being the first girl in Colorado to dunk and winning her team’s MVP award after playing basketball for only two years.
Her ultimate achievements would be to get her degree as a doctor and then later win the presidential race.
Traveled to Africa to visit family and to Spain and France for fun.



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PostPosted: 07/10/17 5:36 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Belibi's stats for five U16 games:

She averaged 11 minutes, which was the fewest MPG on the team.

She shot 11-22, 0-0 and 2-7 for 4.8 PPG, which was tied for second lowest on the team.

She had 29 rebounds (third best on the team), 2 assists, 5 TO's, 2 blocks and 6 steals.

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PostPosted: 07/12/17 3:51 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

She's probably newer to the game than most of them, so think in terms of potential. Team USA is a big step.



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I think Shades has it right -- she was on the team, as far as the media folks there could tell, not because of her overall performance but her flashes of pure potential. Her inexperience, in a sense, worked for her, though some of the purely athletic things she did were exceptional.

Putting her on the team also insured that she won't wind up playing for the Cameroons or somewhere else.



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