Last week, Zaila Avant-garde (Last name changed by her father) became the first African-American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. However, that amazing accomplishment wasn’t a surprise to those who knew the 14-year-old before her seemingly overnight fame. Of her many wide array of talents, being an absolute stud of a basketball player is one of them.
THIS IS A ZAILA AVANT-GARDE STAN ACCOUNT‼️@Basketballasart— WSLAM (@wslam) July 9, 2021
✅ First African-American to become a Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion
✅ Holds 3 hoop-related Guinness World Recordspic.twitter.com/XBs7xGQdLx
Why am I telling you this?
Because according to this ESPN article on Zaila, it is apparently her destiny to become a Minnesota Lynx. If you don’t believe me, take her word for it:
Zaila thinks she’d be interested in playing basketball professionally overseas, but pictures the Minnesota Lynx when she visualizes being drafted to the WNBA.
I’m just trying to figure out where I can pre-order my Avant-garde Lynx jersey.
Zaila Avant-garde the FIRST African-American to win the Scripps National #SpellingBee.— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) July 9, 2021
She’s also really good at basketball and holds a Guinness World Record‼️
Here are some of her highlights from middle school. #blackgirlmagic pic.twitter.com/W8E6QtqGTo
ESPN 30 for 30: “Breakaway”
As we recognize our future basketball overlord, let us not forget those who laid the path for us. I’m talking about my basketball GOAT, Maya Moore. This last Tuesday, ESPN unveiled their newest 30 for 30 documentary, “Breakaway.” My partner and I shared a handful of sad and happy tears as we watched this moving film which details the story of Maya Moore and her journey to free the wrongly imprisoned Jonathon Irons. If you have ESPN+, you should be able to stream this. 10/10 recommend!
Our Story Premiers tonight!! Make sure your friends & fam don’t miss it! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/spTKZgKksH— Maya Moore (@MooreMaya) July 13, 2021
WNBA All-Star Game
Back to this season’s Lynx, the 2021 WNBA All-Star game will be taking place this Wednesday, 7/14 @ 6:00pm CT on ESPN. As previously mentioned, the Lynx very own Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier will be representing “Team USA” in this USA vs. All-Stars format. Tune in to watch these amazing athletes compete!