Azzi Fudd

American basketball player

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Azzi Fudd
No. 35 – UConn Huskies
PositionShooting guard
Personal information
Born (2002-11-11) November 11, 2002 (age 18)
Fairfax, Virginia
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. John's College
(Washington, D.C.)
CollegeUConn (commit)
Career highlights and awards

Azzi Fudd (born November 11, 2002) is an American basketball player who attends St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C. Fudd is a consensus five-star recruit and the number one player in the 2021 class,[1][2][3] She is committed to play college basketball for UConn.[4]

High school career

In 2019, she was named the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year after putting up averages of 26.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, becoming the first sophomore to ever win the award.[5][6] She led her team to a 35–1 record and captured the District of Columbia State Athletic Association (DCSAA) tournament title.[7]

Prior to her sophomore year, Fudd became one of the first girls ever to attend the SC30 Select Camp, an elite offseason training camp run by two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, and won the camp's three-point shooting competition. Shortly after that season, while playing in the final of the U.S. under-18 3x3 championships, held to determine the country's representatives to that year's FIBA U18 3x3 World Cup, she tore the ACL and MCL in her right knee.[8] Because of the nature of her injury, her knee reconstruction required two separate surgeries—the first for the MCL, and the second several weeks later for the ACL. Both operations were performed by K. Donald Shelbourne, an Indianapolis orthopedic surgeon who had repaired her mother's torn ACL many years earlier.[8]

While still undergoing rehabilitation, Fudd attended Curry's camp again. Shelbourne allowed her to compete in the camp's three-point contest again, but only if she could walk between the spots. None

theless, Fudd again won the contest.[8]

Fudd returned to the St. John's team in January 2020, averaging 19.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists for St. John's while still recovering from her injury before her season was prematurely halted by COVID-19. St. John's did not play an official schedule in 2020–21 for the same reason; the team has played some unofficial exhibitions as the D.C. Cadets, with Fudd, who was the student body vice-president at the time, personally lobbying the school's principal for this arrangement.[8]

Fudd averaged 25.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.2 steals during an abbreviated senior season.

Recruiting

Fudd was a five-star recruit and was ranked number one in the class of 2021 by ESPN. She received her first scholarship offer in 6th grade from Maryland. On November 11th, 2020, Fudd announced her commitment to UConn. She chose the Huskies over UCLA, Louisville, and Maryland. She became the 12th number-one recruit to sign with UConn since 1998.

National team career

She has represented the United States internationally, winning gold medals at the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Women's Americas Championship in Argentina and the 2018 FIBA Under-17 Women's Basketball World Cup in Belarus.[9]

Personal life

Her mother, Katie, played at NC State and Georgetown before being drafted by the Sacramento Monarchs in the 2001 WNBA draft while her adoptive father Tim played at American University.[9] She was named after Jennifer Azzi, a player whom her mother admired.[8] She has two younger brothers[10] whom her parents adopted in 2011.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Bio: Azzi Fudd". ESPN. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  2. ^ Yapkowitz, David. "How Azzi Fudd's mother lit her road to recovery". Fansided. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  3. ^ {{cite web |last1=Errigo |first1=Michael |title=Girls' basketball: With Azzi Fudd working her way back, the WCAC is wide open — as O'Connell proved |url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/highschools/girls-basketball-with-azzi-fudd-working-her-way-back-the-wcac-is-wide-open--as-oconnell-proved/2020/01/11/695b2254-34ef-11ea-898f-eb846b7e9feb_story.html
  4. ^ "UConn women land No. 1 prospect Azzi Fudd". ESPN.com. 2020-11-11. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  5. ^ "Sophomore Azzi Fudd named Gatorade POY". ESPN.com. 2019-03-12. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  6. ^ "Azzi Fudd 2017 - 2018 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR". playeroftheyear.gatorade.com. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  7. ^ Caron, Emily (March 12, 2019). "Azzi Fudd Is First Sophomore to Ever Win Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Barnes, Katie (February 25, 2021). "Azzi Fudd is Unbreakable". ESPN.con. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  9. ^ a b Fader, Mirin (January 3, 2019). "Remember the Name Azzi Fudd". Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  10. ^ Azzi Fudd is HERE TO INSPIRE THE WORLD, #1 in the Class of 2021 | SLAM Day in the Life. SLAM Magazine. March 26, 2020. Retrieved May 4, 2020.

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