Sending Shockwaves in The Basketball World, Know 18YO MiLaysia Fulwiley’s Story

Published 11/19/2023, 5:30 AM EST

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Creating din with her debut, MiLaysia Fulwiley has the fans on their toes. Her razzle-dazzle performance made even NBA legends like Magic Johnson praise the young talent. But her story is more than just hoops and victories. It’s a tale of determination, and rising above adversity. 

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The world is always looking out for generational talents like Fulwiley and when they find them, they want to connect with the players who emerged not just an athlete but as a beacon of inspiration. 

MiLaysia Fulwiley’s path to success

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Born in April 2002 and with a family history in basketball, Fulwiley showed early signs of her interest in the sport. To take her game to the next level, she joined W.J. Keenan High School. However, behind her impressive ball-handling skills and scoring ability is her father, who served as a mentor and a coach for the young prodigy. Her father helped her with the fundamentals of the game and played a crucial role in making her the player she is today. 

During her time as a senior athlete at a High School, she averaged an impressive 25.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 6.4 steals per game. Shining at offense, defense, and teamwork, Fulwiley was the kind of player that everyone wanted on her team, but nobody wanted to play against. With her impeccable basketball prowess, she became an all-time leading scorer and led her team to a 23-1 record. But this is not just it. At just 5 feet and 7 inches, she also started dunking, leaving the spectators in shock. 

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The University of South Carolina’s legendary head coach, Dawn Staley recognized her talent at an early age and offered her a scholarship while she was just in the seventh grade calling her a rare “Generational talent.”

In November last year, Fulwiley committed to the Gamecocks as she wanted to stay close to her home and the people who supported her throughout her journey. She earlier received offers from several recognized programs like North Carolina, Tennessee, and many more. But now, Fulwiley will be playing under the guidance of Coach Staley, who is manufacturing another A’ja Wilson and beside talents like Kamillan Cardoso, Raven Johnson, and Sania Feagin. 

Fulwiley made her debut on Nov 6th against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish where the Gamecocks secured a flawless victory with a final score of 100-71. During this game, the freshman was the one who stood out the most, as she dropped 17 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists and a behind-the-back layup that had the fans jump from their seats.

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What’s next for Milaysia Fulwiley and the Gamecocks?

The Gamecocks entered the 2023-24 NCAA season with a bang, setting the standard for the upcoming matches. So far, they have played a total of three matches out of which they have won all three with an average difference of 45.3 points. 

Fulwiley living up to the hype averaged 15.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists. The Gamecocks are all set to play against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in their next game. 

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The fans will be keeping an eye on Fulwiley, to watch how the story of the young prodigy unfolds.

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Ojus Verma

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Ojus is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. With a foundation in economics and a 12-year experience in playing basketball, he seamlessly combines academic knowledge with genuine enthusiasm for the game. He is spellbound as much by the intricacies of the game as he is by the legacies left by NBA legends such as Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.
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