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How Kobe and Gigi Bryant have inspired college basketball's next superstar

Azzi Fudd was in the locker room before her high school basketball game on Jan. 26 when her dad walked in, pulled her aside and showed her his phone. What Azzi saw was the headline everybody remembers from that horrible day — Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter crash.

The tears came fast. She couldn’t believe it. Just a month prior to the accident, Fudd was in New York working out with Gianna Bryant over the Christmas holiday.

“My first thought was Gigi. I couldn’t imagine how she was feeling,” Fudd told Yahoo Sports.