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YouTube Gold: The Next Great Passer Has Arrived

Even Magic Johnson is an admirer

Maryland v South Carolina
 COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 12: MiLaysia Fulwiley #12 of the South Carolina Gamecocks brings the ball up court against the Maryland Terrapins during their game at Colonial Life Arena on November 12, 2023 in Columbia, South Carolina.
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We’ve argued for a long time that the best part of basketball, the most delicious play, the greatest surprise, is when a great passer delivers. There’s a history there. It probably starts with Bob Cousy, then Pete Maravich and runs up to Bird and Magic, (the other) Jason Williams and now, in our time, Nikola Jokic.

A great dunker can excite a crowd, but it’s rarely a shock when someone dunks. You kind of know it’s coming. But a great passer? They see things you don’t, so when they deliver something you couldn’t believe, it’s like, well, magic.

Jokic is great but there aren’t many great passers in the game today. However, the next great passer may have arrived and it’s probably not who you think. So who is it?

It’s South Carolina’s Malaysia Fulwiley.

A 5-10 freshman, Fulwiley is forcing herself into the conversation with players like Caitlyn Clark, Paige Bueckers and Angel Reese, assuming she gets herself together and actually plays ball this year.

She’s not a good passer, she’s a great passer. She not only has the eye, but she has the nerve to try things that most people would never dare to attempt.

Look at this clip. The layup comes after a great pass fake but look at what she does on the second play. That’s just instinctive, beautiful passing. We all call it instinctive, but it only happens after thousands upon thousands of hours of practice and play. She plays with supreme confidence because she’s learned from tens of thousands of mistakes that allow her to play with that level of precision.

Speaking of Reese, South Carolina will play at LSU on January 25th. We’d recommend putting that one on your calendar, because if Reese has gotten a bit carried away with her success, we’d say there’s a pretty good chance that the hungrier freshman has a chance of absolutely punking her.