NaLyssa
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NaLyssa Smith's Bio

About NaLyssa Smith

WNBA

2022: As the third ever draft pick made at No. 2 overall in Indiana Fever history, forward NaLyssa Smith lived up to the expectations in her first season with the Fever, earning WNBA and AP All-Rookie Honors. Smith started all 32 games played in during the 2022 campaign and averaged 13.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and shot 41.9 percent from the field. Smith was one of seven players in the WNBA to average at least 13 points, 7.5 rebounds and one assist per game in 2022, joining Sylvia Fowles, Jonquel Jones, Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart, Alyssa Thomas and A’ja Wilson. In Smith’s rookie season, she was the leading rebounder among rookies and sixth in the WNBA in rebounds per game, second among rookies in scoring average and averaged the second most minutes played among first-year players. Among Fever rookie seasons in franchise history, Smith finished with the second best rookie-scoring season (433 points), made the second most field goals (160 made field goals), the third best rookie-rebounding season (253 rebounds) and finished with the third most double-doubles recorded with eight. The rest of the 2022 WNBA rookie class only combined for nine such performances during the regular season. Smith’s vast skillset also led her to earning an invitation to the WNBA Skills Challenge, as part of WNBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago. Following the season, Smith also earned an invite to the 2022 USA Basketball Women’s National Team training camp.

COLLEGE

From 2018-22 with the Baylor Bears, Smith compiled 2,048 points and 1,098 rebounds, making her the seventh player in Baylor history to reach at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in their career. Smith was the All-Big 12 Player of the Year twice and made the All-Big 12 First Team her final three years with Baylor.

During the 2021-22 season, Smith averaged 22.1 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks in 32.9 minutes per contest in 35 games, all of which she started. The 6-foot-4 Converse, Texas, native received the Katrina McClain Award as the nation’s top power forward her last two seasons in Waco, becoming the second person in the award’s history to repeat, joining Ruthy Hebard.

The accolades continued to pour in after her senior campaign, earning seven different All-America honors, including first-team selections by Sports Illustrated, The Athletic, Associated Press, USBWA, the John R. Wooden Award and the WBCA. She earned a second-team nod from the Senior CLASS Award.

Following her junior season, Smith was recognized as a first-team All-America from the Associated Press, ESPN.com, WBCA and John R. Wooden entities. She earned second-team All-America honors from the USBWA as well.

INTERNATIONAL

During the offseason heading into the 2023 season, Smith was invited to both the 2022 Women’s National Team Training Camp and the 2022 Women’s 3×3 AmeriCup team with USA Basketball.

Selected to the 2019 USA Basketball Women’s U19 National Team, but withdrew due to injury concerns. Prior to the U19 team, Smith was selected to the 12-member 2018 Women’s U18 National Team and helped the USA to a Gold Medal win against Canada. She averaged 11.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest in six games at the FIBA World Championships.

PERSONAL

Born on August 8, 2000.

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