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Local standout earns prestigious invite after impressing at Stephen Curry’s Underrated Tour

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Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Lele Tanuvasa in action for the Crusaders earlier this year.

By Ray Hamill — Lele Tanuvasa has been impressing one of the best players in the NBA this summer, and now she’s going to get the opportunity to continue to do so.

The St. Bernard’s junior, who has been turning heads in the H-DNL since her freshman year, was selected earlier this summer to participate in the Stephen Curry’s “Underrated Tour Powered by Rakuten,” a prestigious basketball camp for 3-star high school players.

Tanuvasa traveled to Los Angeles this past weekend for the tour’s two-day stop on the West Coast, and impressed enough to be selected to represent the West Region in next April’s tour championship in Oakland.

Tanuvasa, who has already been offered a full ride to play at Long Beach State after high school, is one of eight finalists selected to represent the West Region.

Stephen Curry’s “Underrated Tour Powered by Rakuten” was launched by the Golden State Warriors’ star in 2019 to provide training and exposure opportunities to 3-star high school basketball players and made four stops this summer, one each in the East, North, South and West regions.

Curry was once a 3-star athlete himself.

“I know what it’s like to be overlooked after putting in hours of training,” the NBA legend said on the tour’s website. “I want to provide these athletes with a platform to showcase their skills and give them the exposure and consideration they deserve.”

A total of 75 boys and 75 girls were all given the opportunity to play on day one of the camp in Los Angeles, with the top 30 of each invited back for day two, and the best eight of those invited to April’s big showcase event.

There was no charge to participate at the camp, and all the finalists selected will be flown to the Bay Area Championship courtesy of United Airlines.

The 64 finalists from all around the country will compete for two coveted spots at Curry Camp.

The on-court programming and training on the tour was led by Brandon Payne, Stephen Curry’s longtime on-court trainer and NBA Skills and Performance coach.

Tanuvasa, who is also a standout volleyball player, was named MVP of the Little 4 in both sports as a freshman and likely would have been so again as a sophomore had the league not declined to name an MVP because of the COVID shortened season.

She is expected to play a pivotal role once again for the Crusaders this upcoming season as head coach Augie Valdez takes over the girls basketball team.

Tanuvasa also has honed her skills playing for Team Beasts, a local travel team in Eureka.

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