Before her college career, new San Antonio Stars guard Kayla McBride would play at an outdoor court in Erie, PA and stood out in a big way. It was not her skills that made everyone do a double-take, it was her gender.
It was McBride’s father, Lamont that encouraged her to gain the respect from the males and improve her game at the same time, according to a feature by Ken Rodriguez on the San Antonio Stars’ official website.
“My dad always told me I needed to play against guys because they were bigger, stronger, faster,” says McBride. “That’s what made me so competitive.”
Her father had two jobs: dad and coach. Lamont put his daughter on the boys team in high school, he yelled, corrected and pushed his daughter to be her best.
To compete with the boys, Kayla studied men and specifically a Michael Jordan highlight video. Kayla skipped past the dunks and studied MJ’s mid-range jumper.
It appears to have worked, at Notre Dame, she averaged 17.5 points as a senior and led the Irish to the national championship game.
From the black top to Notre Dame and now San Antonio. McBride has come a long way and now everyone knows the Stars’ first pick by name.