hailey van lith postgame  interview

It has been an epic run for Louisville’s Hailey Van Lith, who racked up 22 points on Monday to launch Louisville into the Final Four. The sophomore has scored 20

Has scored 20 or more points in her last four games, a legendary run that has helped her team keep dancing in this year’s March Madness. 

After her team bested Michigan, ESPN’s Christy Winters-Scott asked what Kobe Bryant, Van Lith’s mentor, would advise her in this moment

He would say go f—ing win this s— Hailey, that’s what he would say,” Van Lith said. “We’re not done, that’s what he would say

According to the Los Angeles Times, Kobe reached out to Van Lith after a Team USA basketball game because he liked her work ethic and mentality

 Her work ethic and mentality, and said she reminded him of himself. Bryant also wanted Van Lith to work with his daughter, Gigi.

He wanted to help Hailey, but he also wanted to put someone in front of his daughter she could relate to, because Hailey is an incredibly hard worker,” Hailey’s father, Corey, told the Times

Hailey has devoted her life so far to becoming the best person and basketball player she can possibly be, and he wanted to show Gigi, ‘If you do this, you can attain the goals you want to attain

Gigi and Hailey trained together a few times, would text each other about games and  the two became friends, according to the Times

Kobe also trained Hailey at his Mamba Academy. Kobe and Gigi even went to watch one of her high school games in Cashmere, Wash. on Jan. 11. 

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