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NaLyssa Smith

  • As of April 21, 2021

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medal: 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. 
  • Named as one of 13 finalists for the 2021 USA Women's AmeriCup Team on April 21, 2021.
  • Named to the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team on May 19, 2019, but withdrew from the roster prior to training camp.
  • As a member of the 2018 USA U18 National Team, started in one of six games and averaged a team-best 11.0 ppg. along with 6.2 rpg. to help the USA to a 6-0 record and a gold medal from Aug. 1-7 in Mexico City.
  • Took part in the 2016 USA U17 trials.

College Honors

  • 2021 Wade Trophy Winner
  • 2021 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame/WBCA Katrina McClain Power Forward of the Year.
  • 2021 All-America first team by the AP, WBCA and John R. Wooden Award.
  • 2021 USBWA All-America second team.
  • 2021 Big 12 Player of the Year.
  • 2021 All-Big 12 First Team.
  • 2021 NCAA Riverwalk Region All-Tournament Team.
  • 2020 Associated Press and WBCA All-America honorable mention.
  • 2020 All-Big 12 Conference first team.
  • 2020 Naismith Trophy Midseason Team
  • Big 12 Player of the Week for Jan. 13, 2020; and Big 12 Co-Player of the Week for Nov. 11, 2019.
  • 2019 Big 12 All-Freshman Team; Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Week for Nov. 12, 2018.

College Notes

  • As a junior in 2020-21, started in all 31 games played and averaged 18.0 ppg., 8.9 rpg., 1.2 apg. and 1.2 spg. to help Baylor to a 28-3 record and the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
  • As a sophomore in 2019-20, started in 27 of 28 games played and led her team in scoring with 14.3 ppg.
  • As a freshman in 2018-19, aided Baylor to a 37-1 record, a perfect 18-0 slate in the Big 12 Conference, the Big 12 Tournament title and the 2019 NCAA Championship; played in 35 games and averaged 8.5 ppg. and 5.2 rpg; recorded three double-doubles and had 16 double-digit scoring games.

High School Honors

  • McDonalds All-American (2018).
  • USA Today All-Texas first team (2018).
  • MaxPreps All-American honorable mention (2018).
  • Naismith All-America second team (2018).
  • Jordan Brand Classic All-American (2018).
  • San Antonio Express-News Player of the Year (2018), Newcomer of the Year (2015) and All-Area Super Team (2017, 2018).
  • All-District 6A first team (2016, 2017, 2018).
  • All-Region IV first team (2016, 2017, 2018).

High School Notes

  • Played four varsity seasons at East Central High School (Texas), where she played in 142 career games and compiled 2,521 points, 1,769 rebounds, 623 assists, 723 steals and 569 blocked shots.
  • Listed career single-game highs of 38 points (2015), 20 rebounds (2018) and five assists (2018).
  • As a senior in 2017-18, started in 31 of 32 games played and averaged 23.4 ppg., 13.7 rpg., 2.0 apg., 2.0 spg. and 3.0 bpg. to help her team to a 28-9 record and the third round of regionals.
  • As a junior in 2016-17, started in 31 of 32 games played and averaged 23.0 ppg., 15.0 rpg., 2.0 apg., 2.0 spg. and 4.0 bpg. to help her team to a 25-10 record and the first round of regionals.

Personal Notes

  • Born in San Antonio, Texas, and now resides in Converse, Texas.
  • Daughter of Nikki Smith and Rodney Smith; has one brother, De’An Smith.
  • Twitter & Instagram: @imwithhoops
  • Majoring in mass communications.
  • Father played basketball at the University of Texas San Antonio and professionally in Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
  • Brother played soccer for University of Saint Mary (Kansas) and the University of Houston at Victoria.
  • First played basketball at age 5 after watching her father play.
  • Enjoys listening to music and photography.


USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S AVG MIN FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST TO BLK STL
2018 U18 6/1 106/17.7 27-52 .519 2-8 .250 10-16 .625 37/6.2 66/11.0 6 9 4 8

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