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Kamiah Smalls catches streamers that JMU fans threw on the court. 

It was a birthday gift to remember for Kamiah Smalls.

On her 22nd birthday, the former JMU women’s basketball standout heard her name called in the virtual 2020 WNBA Draft, becoming the first Duke drafted since Jazmon Gwathmey in 2016 and the fourth in program history. Smalls was selected No. 28 to the Indiana Fever. 

The Philadelphia native thrived during her time in Harrisonburg, finishing her career with the CAA Player of the Year title after earning the preseason honor the last two seasons. During her senior campaign, Smalls averaged 18.6 points per game with 538 points on the season, amassing at least 10 points in all but one game she played this season. 

Smalls ended her career fourth in program history in points (1888), fifth in field goals made (686) and fifth in 3-point attempts (548). She also earned a spot on the First Team All-CAA roster as a sophomore, junior and senior. 

Smalls joins a Fever team that finished 13-21 last season and hasn’t claimed a postseason berth since 2016. 

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