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Brewer went from clumsy kid to superstar

By Justin Harper Published: March 6, 2008
"And then, between the sixth and seventh grade, I hit the awkward growth spurt. I was like, ‘Wow.' I never expected to be that clumsy.

"Let me tell you, going through that growth spurt was something else. I was just tripping over things. At first, I was like, ‘What the heck is going on?' I just wasn't used to my body yet.”

That same summer, Darlean Calip — now the Sapulpa coach, but the coach at Jenks at the time — first saw Brewer. But Calip saw a different girl than the one Brewer recalls.

Brewer had grown to 5-10½, and Calip couldn't quit watching this long-legged girl who had come to her summer basketball camp.

"Oh, I just couldn't believe her skill level,” Calip said. "She was a good 5-9, 5-10 and built the way she is now. And she could shoot, she could dribble, she could do anything on a basketball court. I just said, ‘Wow, if this kid stays with the game and continues to improve, she has tremendous potential. There's no limit to how good she could be.'”

Brewer reached 6-3 by her freshman year, won a national title and the Junior Olympics with AAU teams that summer. And now, as her prep career comes to an end, she's one of the nation's elite players. So, yes, she's as good as everyone says. And apparently she always has been, considering that when she saw herself as "clumsy,” Calip saw a phenom.

Sapulpa's Alyssia Brewer, right, averages 22 points and 15 rebounds a game. by NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN


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