Given his penchant to wear out his welcome and alienate teammates, Randy Moss will always get the lion's share of attention on the Moss family tree, there's little question about that. Yet there's another Moss who is earning athletic accolades these days, thanks to some of the same skills that made her father famous.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Sydney Moss has received scholarship offers from a handful of top women's basketball programs, adding Florida to a mix that includes Kansas, Xavier, West Virginia, Dayton and Louisville. The junior star at Boone County (Ky.) High School has reportedly already visited Florida, West Virginia and Kentucky, and could make a decision on her college future any day. The Kentucky native has also been recruited by UCLA, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and Florida State, among others.
"My dad was into it," Moss once told the Courier-Journal of how she got into basketball. "I was watching it on TV one day. I thought it looked like fun."
Now she's on the verge of a much more public future in the sport. If there was any question what makes the younger Moss special, one need only ask one of her coaches.
"She's a very dynamic player with the basketball," Cincinnati Heat Premier AAU coach Andy Fishman told the Courier-Journal. "She's got incredible natural hops. She can jump and grab rebounds over 6-2, 6-3 girls because of her excellent leaping ability. She has awesome hands."
[Rewind video: An incredible one-handed catch by Randy Moss]
Those hands must run in the family. The younger Moss' penchant for scoring does as well. As a sophomore at Boone County, Moss led her team with 22.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, and was named the Cincinnati Enquirer's Northern Kentucky girls' basketball player of the year.
While comparisons to her father are natural, Sydney Moss' maternal grandfather told the Courier-Journal that the budding star doesn't let added attention affect her personality.
"She handles it well," Frank Offutt told the Courier-Journal. "She would be happy if nobody knew. I don't think it's a pressure thing. She wants to be recognized for her own ability as opposed to, 'Well, that's Randy's daughter,' but I don't think it bothers her."
While there's no telling if Moss will ever develop the petulant streak that has colored her father's professional career, at least we can be sure that she, too, will have a heck of a basketball highlight reel some day.
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