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Trinity Rodman ready to star as well

The daughter of NBA star Dennis Rodman wants to "pave her own path" in sport outside her father’s stardom.

By Evelyn Watta ·

Trinity Rodman, daughter of five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman, has been selected by Washington Spirit with the second pick at Wednesday's National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) draft.

The U.S. under-20 forward was picked by the team following her heroic performances at the 2020 CONCACAF U20 Women's Championship last March where she scored eight goals. Her two goals in the final against Mexico ensured USA won its sixth U20 Women's Championship title.

"To even just be in the draft with my situation and my age is insane, but to be number two to an amazing team is out of this world, I couldn't ask for anything more," Rodman said after her selection behind Emily Fox.

Fox, the University of North Carolina defender, was picked first by Racing Louisville.

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The 'perfect time' to turn pro

Rodman never played a single game for her college Washington State team after the season was postponed due to the pandemic.

"I'm at a point right now where I could be at that level to get even better than I would be in college, so I was just kind of like, 'let's just go, I want to get better. Let's go.'" - Trinity Rodman on turning pro

“Obviously this has been my dream forever. Honestly a lot of people can say its not the right time (to turn pro), but right now I think it’s a perfect time to get in there and learn and become a better player," she said of her move to the NWSL, in which the Spirit placed fifth in the 2019 season.

But Rodman, a finalist for U.S. Soccer's Young Female Player of the Year, doesn’t want to play in her father’s shadow.

“He was an amazing athlete, and I got those genes from him, but I'm excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just as (Dennis) Rodman's daughter," she said of her NBA Hall-of-Fame father, who was best known for his aggressive defence and rebounding abilities.

"I'm excited to pave my own path and get better throughout this journey."

A family of sporting stars

She was inspired to move to Washington by her older brother Dennis Thayne ‘DJ’ Rodman.

DJ is a forward for Washington State's college basketball team.

“Once DJ went to Washington, I told my mom I’m not leaving California, I’m not going to Washington because she was pushing me, she wanted us at the same school,” Trinity told Pac-12 Networks TV.

“Then I went up to DJ’s school, I got to meet the soccer team, I got to see one of their games, I got to see DJ at school doing his thing and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I want to be here!”