"She was talking back." She taunted the receiver she was defending, claiming he wouldn't catch the ball anymore during the game.On the next play, she leaped for a one-handed interception. But it was her basketball skills that got her noticed, and now the 26-year-old -- after an improbable international journey -- is having a breakout season for the Indiana Fever.***Wheeler left Liberty City in 2009, choosing Rutgers and Hall of Fame coach C. Although she wasn't always the most sought-after player at her high school or on AAU squads, Stringer says she appreciated Wheeler's willingness to hold others accountable and always give maximum effort.Stringer is famous for her full-court press, a scheme that requires players to be in exceptional physical shape. I came here to be pushed at the same level as everybody else." Wheeler pointed to early-season matchups with top programs, knowing Rutgers wouldn't win if the team couldn't press."Erica wasn't looking for an easy way out," Stringer says.At the start of Wheeler's junior year, it appeared not everyone had put in the necessary work over the summer. "I knew she'd be somebody real special."Wheeler ended her junior year with a career-high 28 points in an opening-round NCAA tournament loss and looked primed for a memorable final campaign.Stringer was in Disney World on a family vacation when Wheeler's mom, Melissa Cooper, called to say her daughter would be committing.
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Her quickness was evident from an early age, and she preferred testing her skills against boys.
Eric Nottage, her half-brother, remembers one instance when a 14-year-old Wheeler was playing football in the yard against older boys."One guy was talking trash," Nottage says.
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