Syracuse women’s basketball snagged its first rookie promotion of 2022 on Saturday when Lexi McNabb signed with the Orange.
“With the coaching change from Buffalo to Syracuse, with Coach Jack, that’s a big part of why I decided to go,” McNabb said. “When she recruited me, she wanted me and said she saw something in me that a lot of people didn’t see. That she was going to make me a great player. Go see a coach who you really wants, that’s what you’re supposed to do. She wanted me so that was the first. Obviously, with my parents, they went there, I grew up going there many times. I know the campus, I know the people, and I just know the school already. It was a matter of comfort. When I had this opportunity, of course, I was going to take it.
The 5-7 point guard was recruited by new Syracuse coach Felisha Legette-Jack from Buffalo. In fact, McNabb has signed on to coach Legette-Jack at Buffalo in September. When Legette-Jack accepted the job with the Orange, she believed in McNabb’s ability so much that she recruited her to play at the top major level.
“It means a lot,” McNabb said. “Buffalo is a great school. They’re in a great conference, it’s great competition. But Syracuse is on a different level. That’s where all the female basketball players want to go and play college basketball. They want play at that level. When she went there, I wouldn’t say I was a little nervous, but I wasn’t sure she was going to want me to go to that school again. said, ‘Listen, you can play here. You can play for me.’ The fact that she still believes in me, even at this level, means so much to me. It shows that she thinks I can play at this level. She thinks I can be a great player.”
When Legette-Jack took the job from Syracuse, one of his first calls was to McNabb.
“At first when the announcement was made, she called me,” McNabb said. “She reached out. I couldn’t respond because I was away at the national team camp. But it shows she was there. From there, with everything that was going on with me in Buffalo, she always showed me that she cared about me. Since she is a close friend of our family, I was able to contact her. I made my decision right away.”
The name McNabb is probably familiar to most Syracuse fans. Lexi’s father, Donovan McNabb, was a star quarterback for the Orange and then spent 13 seasons in the NFL, most of them with the Philadelphia Eagles. Lexi’s mother, Raquel Nurse McNabb, was a star on the women’s basketball team. Despite these ties to school, Lexi says her parents gave her the space and support she needed to make the decision that was best for her.
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“At the end of the day, they told me it was your decision,” McNabb said. “I feel like a lot of people would say it’s because of your parents. In fact, they had nothing to do with it. Coach Jack recruited me on her own. She’s came up to me at my last tournaments at EYBL last summer and said, ‘you know what? I want you.’ They were thrilled because they said “if that’s where you want to go, you can go there. We have nothing to do.” When I told them that was where I wanted to go, that was my dream school since I was little, I think they were trying to pretend they weren’t excited. But I think I know, I could just tell by the way they were talking, they were really excited.”
What does McNabb bring to Syracuse?
“I play for my team,” McNabb said. “I’m not a ‘me me me’ type of player. If somebody’s hot, they’re going to get the ball back. If somebody’s struggling, I’ll be there to get it back. I want to make sure everything everyone, not just me, everyone is happy and getting what they want from this experience. It’s my job, especially as a playmaker. You give the ball to the right people, you’re the coach On the pitch, you’re the Plus, you’re everyone’s friend. Off the pitch, we’re going to get along great. We’re going to have a great time. That’s what I plan to do when I get on. will go to Syracuse.
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