Finn Smith

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Ava Silva

“[The most influential person in my life is] Indiana guard Xavier Johnson. One day, he had a really good game. [He] didn’t miss a shot [and] hit 30 points. I messaged him after the game [and told him] he did a really good job. He has a bunch of followers, so I didn’t expect a response. He responded back to me and gave me some words of encouragement. After that, I started playing basketball a lot more and trying to get better. It inspired me to work harder [in life and in basketball].” — Finn Smith, 9