Will Smith welcome the attention that comes with a Final Four-winning shot? The daughter of a preacher, she grew up singing gospel music in her father's church but hasn't always been willing to make her talent public. "She has a beautiful voice, and she sings on the team bus," says McKee. "But when she was asked to sing the national anthem at a home game this year, she wouldn't do it. She wouldn't even sing for the team during this morning's devotionals."
So how did Smith feel about the performance pressure she was under at the close of the title game? "It was my assignment," says Smith, who grabbed a championship-game record 23 rebounds and who, by the way, wears number 23, not because of that other Carolina Final Four star Michael Jordan but because her mother, Etta, wore it in high school. "But I can't really put into words the way I feel right now."
When she can put it into words, she might use this one: fate. Last week she spoke with her uncle David about his Final Four experience. "Maybe two decades later," she said, "it'll be your niece who wins the national title."