Kamonte Carter has the versatility to play defensive end or linebacker when he begins his college career next season at Penn State. But perhaps equally eye-catching is his attitude or coach-ability. Carter says he would be willing to play offensive guard if that's what the coach asked him to do. Part of his mentality comes from his strong relationship with his dad, who also happens to be his defensive coordinator at Gaithersburg High in Maryland. Here's more about their special connection:

LeBron James' son is only a few basketballs tall, but he's already a whiz at the game. Apparently, he's good enough to already have the attention of at least one major college head coach.

Ohio State's Thad Matta was asked last week if LeBron James, Jr., who is 9, is on his recruiting radar for the Buckeyes. (Update: LeBron Jr. just turned 10. His birthday is Oct. 6.)

Matta's response: "He will be."

But before everyone gets their briefs in a twist, let's take a minute to survey the situation. Yes, the gradual encroachment of college recruiting into elementary school gymnasiums is fundamentally gross. And yes, LeBron's son -- nicknamed "Bronny" -- is undoubtedly going to receive at least some measure of media spectacle that isn't deserved, particularly when so much development as an athlete remains.

At the same time, James' son isn't just a name. Among his peers, he's got a decent outside shot, can drive the lane, and he knocks down free throws with a smooth shooting stroke. There's no reason to think he couldn't become at least a serviceable college player:

Meanwhile, consider Ohio State's perspective. They likely would have signed James if he hadn't been able to jump straight from high school to the NBA. Even if Bronny was only good enough to ride the bench, the relationship his signing would foster between the James and Buckeyes families would be a promotional gold mine for the university.

Yes, the larger point here is that Bronny is still only 9. But by virtue of who his father is, he'll always have a spotlight on him -- no matter what he does with his life.

Here are some more Bronny highlights from the summer.

A Texas high school football player has become an overnight celebrity thanks to an unforgettable postgame interview that would make Richard Sherman smile.

Apollos Hester, a wide receiver who plays for the East View Patriots in Georgetown, Texas, gave an amazing answer to the question, "What were you guys able to do to come back and win this thing?"

Fresh off of a thrilling 42-41 win over Vandegrift High School, Hester had a lot to say. Here's an excerpt:

"Yeah, they had us the first half, I'm not gonna lie, they had us. We weren't defeated, but they had us. But it took guts, it took an attitude—that's all it takes. That's all it takes to be successful is an attitude. And that's what our coach told us. He said, 'Hey, it's gonna be tough. It's gonna be tough. It's gonna be hard. You're gonna go out there, you're gonna battle, you're gonna fight, you're gonna do it for one another. Do it for each other, you're gonna do it for yourself, you're gonna do it for us, and you're gonna go out with this win.' And we believed that, we truly did. And it's an awesome feeling."

The video has exploded in popularity, with 1 million views in a matter of days. Even reporter Lauren Mickler didn't realize how fast it would spread:

Hester seems to have enjoyed the popularity. A 6-foot senior with a 4.5 40-yard-dash, Hester has been retweeting dozens of fans' reactions to his interview. While it's unclear how many Twitter followers he had before the video went viral, as of Monday morning he stood at nearly 12,000. Not bad for a high schooler.

Iman Marshall is rated the No. 1 high school cornerback in the nation, and he says a key reason for his success is his willingness to outwork the competition. "You have to have a hunger for it," Marshall says. "It doesn't come easy. A lot of people think what I have came easy." Maybe that's because they just see how complete of a player he is on the field for Long Beach Poly, one of the nation's top high schools for producing NFL talent. But Marshall says they don't see his sacrifice and attention to detail behind the scenes. Here's more about Marshall in his own words:

College sports is littered with talented student-athletes that gave up one sport to pursue another.

Almost none of those athletes give up college football to focus on soccer. Especially when they have a scholarship offer from Alabama in-hand. But that's exactly what Drake Davis has done. The four-star prospect is taking his 6-foot-4 frame off the gridiron so he can devote himself fully to the soccer pitch.

In doing so, Davis is turning his back to scholarship offers from some of the nation's best college football programs. Beyond Alabama, Davis also has offers from Miami, LSU, and defending national champion Florida State.

According to 247Sports, which first broke the story, Davis' decision has been confirmed by his high school football coach, who was amicable enough to support whatever decision Davis made.

Even so, the decision to eschew college football to play soccer is not a common decision, for many reasons. Beyond the popularity of college football, many high schoolers see the potential to build a professional career in the NFL. While that's a pipe dream for most, Davis certainly has the profile of someone who could become a college star and find his way into the professional game.

Soccer, meanwhile, is a tougher nut to crack because of the greater global competition. The roster of Division I soccer players that carve out a lucrative professional career is considerably smaller than the number of college football players bringing home NFL-sized paychecks.

Without reading into one athlete's decision too much, increasing concussion concerns have made their mark on football participation. PeewWee football enrollment is down, and anyone following football media understands the consequences that football can have -- and is already having -- on its participants.

Meanwhile, soccer is enjoying a surge in U.S. popularity after a fantastic World Cup and record-setting TV ratings. Davis hasn't revealed the reasons behind his soccer decision, but it's not too much of a stretch to wonder if soccer's higher profile is having an impact on young athletes.

Davis is only a junior in high school (Rivals rated him fourth in the nation among receivers in the class of 2016) so there's plenty of time for him to change his future plans. But the fact that he's even considering such a swap is notable in today's sports landscape.

Omar Ndiaye averaged 16.2 points as a junior, which was good for third on the team at Monte Del Sol Charter High School in Santa Fe, N.M.

However, he was the highest scorer for players who have just one hand.

Ndiaye was born without a right hand, but he has not let that stop him from becoming a lethal southpaw ballhandler. A video of Ndiaye highlights unveiled on YouTube this week is starting to go viral after being picked up in USA Today.

Ndiaye has the talent and athleticism of a college basketball player. He also has the grades, as USA Today reports he has a 3.5 GPA. Obviously the physical constrictions may deter college programs from offering scholarships.

If Ndiaye does receive a Division I offer -- his recruiting profile does not seem to suggest he has one yet -- he would not be the first to make such an achievement. Zach Hodskins, also with one hand, is set to be a preferred walk-on with the Florida Gators this season.

Ndiaye, who is 6-1, still has another year to put his skills on display at New Mexico gyms. After his recent highlight reel, he is sure to create some buzz on the road and at home.

As a receiver, Miles Boykin has picked wisely for a role model in Jerry Rice. But perhaps more importantly than just knowing the ins and outs of the position is appreciating Rice's signature work ethic. Boykin seems to understand this as he cites Rice's motto: "Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't." That mindset has served him well. Rivals ranks Boykin as the No. 2 overall prospect in Illinois, and he has already committed to Notre Dame. Here is more about Boykin in his own words:

One of the coolest aspects for fans watching the Little League World Series is how much they get to know the players. From the favorite baseball players of the South Koreans to the favorite foods of the Mexicans to the favorite hobbies of the Texas team, the event provides various forms of personal information.

One notable fact about one rather notable player involves Mo'ne Davis, the star female pitcher from Philadelphia. Davis, despite earning international attention for her baseball exploits, never shied away from telling the media about her real dream: Playing basketball for the University of Connecticut.

A 2010 video went viral during the LLWS, showing Davis cross over some male competition inside the three-point arc.

On Sunday, Davis got a chance to experience the WNBA life. The league hosted Davis as its special guest at Target Center in Minneapolis for Game 2 of the WNBA Western Conference Finals between the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury.

A WNBA video shows a wide-eyed Davis embracing UConn legend Maya Moore in a Lynx shirt. Moore and the Mercury's Diana Taurasi, also a former UConn star, led their respective teams in scoring.

Davis also can be seen handing a signed copy of the Sports Illustrated issue in which she was featured on the cover to Brittney Griner of the Mercury. Davis did this while wearing her UConn sweatshirt, but that didn't stop Griner, the Baylor alum, from expressing her thanks.

Davis took some pictures and got autographs for herself, as seen with Griner, the Lynx's Lindsay Whalen, WNBA President Laurel Richie and Moore:

Griner, Moore and Taurasi are three of the faces of the ever-growing WNBA. Perhaps they'll still be around 10 years to take on rookie A Mo'ne Davis.

CiCi Bellis' first memory of the U.S. Open is watching on TV from her hometown of San Francisco, where the night matches are still early enough for a child.

"I was I think 6 or 7," she said. "I was watching [Maria] Sharapova play a match. I don't remember who she was playing."

Bellis will remember her opponent in her first U.S. Open match Tuesday. So will everyone else on the grounds at Flushing Meadows.

At 15 years, 4 months and 18 days, Bellis knocked off No. 12 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia on Court 6. The home-schooled sophomore prevailed 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to win in her first WTA event. Bellis became the youngest player to win a match in Flushing Meadows since Anna Kournikova (15 years, 2 months) did so in 1996.

Ranked No. 1,208 in the world, Bellis had secured a wild card in the draw after winning the USTA Girls 18s National Championships two weeks ago.

"I went into the match thinking it was going to be such a great experience, but I never thought I would come out on top winning," she said.

Before we dig deeper into the significance of her win in tennis terms, here are a few quick facts to give you a better sense of Bellis:

Doing normal teen stuff? She likes the movies and the Stanford mall near her home in Atherton: "I actually just went with one of my friends. We went to Urban Outfitters."

TV show she'd like to do? "I love Ellen. I think I would want to go on Ellen."

Justin Bieber fan? "I used to like him when I was younger, a couple years ago."

Knocking off Cibulkova, 25, who reached the Australian Open final in January, did not come easy. After a 23-minute first set, Cibulkova took 38 minutes to win the second set. The third set featured 42 minutes of grinding before Bellis was able to win by a break.

"Words can't describe it right now" Bellis said. "Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to think of it better."

CiCi's father, Gordon, was in the crowd, wearing a plaid button-down short-sleeve shirt and shorts. He works at a private equity fund in San Francisco and does not have any personal connections to tennis or any professional sports for that matter. He claims CiCi owes her tennis prowess to her mother, who played on the junior and collegiate circuit. Lori was not at Court 6 on Tuesday, as her nerves got to her. She stayed back at the hotel.

"She swore she was going to come out to this, but didn't," Gordon said of his wife. "She was hoping it would be on TV, but it wasn't.

"We were texting her. She didn't want to look at the thing because she asked how bad it was going in the first set. I told her [CiCi] actually won the first set. She couldn't believe it. We were just happy she didn't get double-bageled."

Lori may make the trek to Queens on Thursday for Bellis' second-round match versus Zarina Diyas, the No. 48 player in the world from Kazakhstan. Unless Lori gets superstitious about staying back at the hotel.

If the match is not televised, Lori could always follow online. Bellis' name was trending on social media in the moments after her victory Tuesday afternoon.

"I know some of my friends were doing hashtag like takedownCibulkova, something like that," Bellis says. "I know three of my friends did that, I guess."

Cute, but a lot more than three people must have been tweeting her name.

In the players' lounge word spread among American players. Christina McHale, the 44th-ranked player in the world, won her first-round match around the same time as Bellis.

"I think it's awesome," said McHale, who made her U.S. Open debut at 17 in 2009. "She should stay as grounded as possible and take it one match at a time, but at the same time, enjoy it. It's just an unbelievable experience she's having here."

Madison Keys, 19, was aware of Bellis' wild-card spot and followed her fellow teenager during her own match.

"I saw her up on the screen," said Keys, who turned pro one day after her 14th birthday in 2009 and won her first-round match in her U.S. Open debut at 16 in 2011. "I knew that she won. Congrats to her. That's a massive win."

Keys earned early fame for defeating Serena Williams at a World Team Tennis event in 2009 while she was still 14. Now ranked No. 27 in the world, Keys has settled into her own on the professional circuit. She advises Bellis maintain a level head.

"I would say to embrace it, but also not to overthink it," Keys said. "You can definitely get very nervous and you can really start overthinking things and expecting a lot of yourself. I think she just has to go out, have fun and keep playing. She has plenty of years ahead of her."

When asked about his daughter's name, Gordon explains CiCi is a connection of her first name, Catherine, and her middle name, Cartan, Gordon's late mother's maiden name.

"It's better than Coco," he said.

Coco Vandeweghe, the 39th ranked player in the world, may disagree. The 22-year-old American (and niece of former basketball player Kiki Vandeweghe) has been living in the spotlight with the name since she turned pro in 2008 at age 16. But Coco doesn't know CiCi.

"I haven't heard of the score, nor have I heard of her," Vandeweghe said.

With that said, Vandeweghe recalled her first match in Queens in 2008, a straight-sets loss to eventual runner-up Jelena Jankovic.

"I was one year older than her when I played my first match here on Ashe, a night match," Vandeweghe said. "I wasn't able to grasp the situation well at all. I played Jelena Jankovic. I remember so clearly I tossed up the ball on the first point and I swung at it and I thought, 'This isn't even going to hit the court. This is going to hit the stands.' I aimed right down the tee and ended up acing her wide. That's how nervous I was."

Vandeweghe expressed awe as she was given details of Bellis' three-set win Tuesday.

"It's a great feeling for a young American," Vandeweghe says. "I hope she realizes what she was able to accomplish. Cibulkova was a grand slam finalist this year, so it's not like she's out of form."

Bellis said she still plans to play college tennis before turning pros. Bellis could have cashed in $60,000 Tuesday with the first-round victory but she opted to keeping her amateur status and college dreams alive.

"I don't try to think about it," Bellis said about the $60,000. "I try to focus on tennis rather than anything else.

Her father provided the comedy:

"There are bigger things out there than money," Gordon said. "If she wins the finals, then we might have a different discussion."

Like most teenagers, Bellis has a social media presence, and her following grew considerably Tuesday. Despite the boost in virtual friends, Bellis has a second round to keep focused on.

"Don't change anything because you've got a million people hitting you up on Twitter or whatever," Vandeweghe said. "Just keep it cool."

Bellis, who also played soccer before giving it up to focus on tennis at age 10, said her tennis idol is Kim Clijsters. The Belgian won three times in Flushing Meadows before her final retirement in 2012. Clijsters won for the first time at the U.S. Open in 1999 -- Bellis' birth year -- making a trip to the third round as a 16-year-old.

Bellis admires Clijsters' perseverance.

"Her confidence on the court, the way she carried herself, her game," Bellis said. "I love everything about it. The fact she had kids, then came back to win the U.S. Open, that's crazy."

Speaking of kids, CiCi is an only child. Tennis has a history of being a sport in which parents are particularly involved in dictating a teenage player's career path, for better or for worse. Some end up making bright decisions, while others arguably crush their children's dream.

"We've definitely seen when players have been very great and then the parents had unfortunate circumstances and then the player basically goes apart," Gordon said. "I don't want to name names, but there are numerous examples of that. You just have to be very cognizant of that and make sure you're doing this for the child.

"It's for them and not for you."

For CiCi, Gordon and Lori, there were no extravagant celebration plans Tuesday.

"Just quiet dinner or something," she said. "Then [I'll] think about the next match, not really celebrate too much."

But unlike the details of that Maria Sharapova match nearly a decade ago, she will remember plenty about Tuesday.

The nation's best high school quarterback attends St. John Bosco High School outside Los Angeles.

He goes to confession twice a semester, attends team Mass before games, huddles for post-practice prayer sessions, journeys on faith-based retreats and takes an annual religion class -- typical obligations for a student-athlete at an all-boys, Catholic high school.

And he is Jewish.

Meet Josh Rosen.

"He's really respectful," said St. John Bosco senior guard Matthew Katnik. "He sits when he has to, stands when he has to."

The UCLA-bound Rosen also stands out as a quarterback with Jewish roots. Though Benny Friedman and Sid Luckman -- playing before the 1950s -- made the Hall of Fame, Jay Fielder and Sage Rosenfels are the only two modern-era Jewish NFL quarterbacks.

When asked if he takes pride in being part of a select group of noteworthy Jewish quarterbacks, Rosen, who calls himself "kind of an atheist" and whose mother is a Quaker Christian, brushes it aside.

"(I) just happen to have that kind of background," he said. "There really isn't too much to it."

There, however, is no downplaying his accomplishments on the high school level. Rivals.com's No. 1 ranked quarterback (and No. 2 ranked player overall) in the 2015 class, Rosen has thrown for 5,287 yards, 61 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

The 6-4, 210-pounder with a quick release and great pocket presence completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 3,200 yards, 39 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while leading Bosco to a 16-0 record and a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state title last year.

Rosen, 17, is one of the best quarterbacks in years from the Southern California area, a region that has produced Heisman Trophy winners, first-round draft picks and NFL starting quarterbacks.

"I have seen a lot of quarterbacks in my career -- Mark Sanchez, Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley and some of those really, really talented guys," Bosco coach Jason Negro said. "Josh is every bit as talented as those individuals."

Legendary Mater Dei High coach Bruce Rollinson, who coached Barkley and Leinart, saw Rosen's entire throwing repertoire -- the touch pass, the mid-range pass and the deep ball -- firsthand as he lost to Bosco twice, 24-2 and 34-7, last year.

"He's everything that the press has been speaking about," Rollinson said. "He's a force to be reckoned with."

The senior will showcase his skills Aug. 22 when Bosco begins its season against Saint Louis (Hawaii) School at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium. There Rosen will orchestrate Bosco's explosive no-huddle, spread attack.

"We are definitely at another level in terms of our ability to be sophisticated offensively," Negro said. "We're able to do so much because of the intelligence of our quarterback."

His intelligence extends off the field.

The son of a Penn-educated father -- spine surgeon Dr. Charles Rosen -- and a Princeton-educated mother -- former journalist Liz Lippincott -- Rosen has a cumulative 4.3 GPA. He took four AP classes and Honors Pre-Calculus last year. (He's not allowed to take as many AP classes this year since he would have to drop them halfway through, because of his early enrollment at UCLA.)

"He doesn't mind helping other people that have trouble understanding something," said Katnik, who took AP U.S. History and AP Physics with Rosen. "He's a really smart kid."

Rosen's AP credits apply toward his UCLA degree requirement, part of the reason he wanted to attend the California state school. That allows him to either graduate in three years and enroll in the UCLA Anderson School of Management's MBA program as a senior -- or graduate in three years and enter the NFL.

Either way he is prepared for the next phase in life.


Rosen seemed destined to play quarterback.

Before he turned 1, he was constantly throwing things from his crib, including one time when Lippincott entered his room, after his nap.

"He launched his bottle," she said. "I swear it almost knocked me out."

Though a natural passer, his first love was tennis. Sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods, he earned a top 10 ranking in junior tennis and traveled the country for national tournaments. He even quit football in sixth and seventh grade to focus on tennis.

"That was my sport," Rosen said. "Tennis was what I really wanted to do."

But because of the repetitive swings, he suffered overuse injuries (scapula dyskinesis and glenohumeral internal rotation deficit or GIRD) to his shoulder during winter nationals in Arizona.

He avoided surgery, and his throwing shoulder healed. But his tennis interest waned, and he sought a team-oriented sport at a school. (Most elite tennis players don't attend four-year colleges; many are even homeschooled through high school.)

Football became his game, and -- with the exception of playing on the Bosco team last year -- he has not played tennis competitively since junior high.

His athletic gifts come from his parents. A nationally ranked ice skater, Charles Rosen competed in the sport until he was 20 and narrowly missed making the Winter Olympics in the mid-1970s. Lippincott captained the Princeton lacrosse team.

"There's a genetic component to athletes," Dr. Rosen said. "And he's got two jocks as parents."

In addition to the athletic bloodlines, Josh Rosen has an impressive lineage. His mom's great-great-great grandfather was Joseph Wharton.

The patriarch of one of the many Quaker families who became successful business entrepreneurs -- including the founders of Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays -- Wharton manufactured iron and nickel, co-founded Bethlehem Steel and established Wharton, University of Pennsylvania's renowned business school.

The Rosens vacation at the Whartons' Jamestown, Va., home every summer.

Joseph Wharton's daughter, Joanna, married Philadelphia publisher J. Bertram Lippincott in 1887 and named their oldest son Joseph Wharton Lippincott.

Liz's father was the last family CEO of noted publishing house J.B. Lippincott & Co, which was later acquired by Harper & Row, and Josh -- whose full name is Josh Ballinger Lippincott Rosen -- is named after the publisher's founder.

"We don't usually use (the full name) just because it's kind of pretentious," Liz joked. "It's just for the family sentimentality."

While combining those Quaker roots and Jewish upbringing, Josh had a Bar Mitzvah and attends Seder every Passover, but he also celebrates Christmas.

"My parents are pretty awesome in letting me kind of pick my own path," Rosen said, "and letting me believe what I want to believe."

Perhaps that's why Rosen has enjoyed learning the perspective of different religions and philosophies while at Bosco, the school recommended by friend and current Cal WR Bryce Treggs. Rosen recently completed a nine-page paper entitled "What is the good life?"

Bosco has about 820 students, and that includes Mormons, Baptists and several who hail from Polynesia. The football program has around 210 players, and last year's center, Elijah Zabludoff, was Jewish.

That gave the Catholic school the unusual distinction of having an all-Jewish, center-quarterback exchange in 2013.

Though Bosco has provided a comfortable environment for someone raised Jewish, Rosen, who self-deprecatingly said he has "got a relatively big nose," has received derision about that from opposing teams.

"I've gotten some slurs here and there," Rosen said, "but not anything too bad. It's all fun and games."

Rosen declined to delve further. And whether it was just meaningless trash talk as he insinuated or something more nefarious, it's a far cry from the injustices experienced generations ago.

During his late-teens, Charles Rosen remembers clearly outskating opponents -- but then ending up behind them in the final rankings. One notion was that the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) wanted to present less ethnic looking skaters as All-American champions during the Cold War era.

"It used to be difficult in athletics sometimes if you were Jewish," Dr. Rosen said. "That was 30 years ago, and things change."


Rosen will enroll at UCLA early, starting college in the winter quarter after graduating high school, following the fall semester.

The opportunity to start as a true freshman was a major reason he chose UCLA. The Bruins are slated to have an open QB competition to replace Heisman Trophy candidate Brett Hundley, with whom Rosen visits whenever he swings by the UCLA campus.

Bosco runs a similar offense to UCLA. The Bosco staff has visited that school, along with Oregon and Arizona State, during the past couple years, and those programs greatly influenced Bosco's attack, which is predicated on its quick pace.

"That's one of the reasons Josh is going to be such a good fit at UCLA," Negro said.

Despite possessing the large frame of a dropback passer, Rosen is adept at running the zone-read. He burned Mater Dei during the teams' playoff game last year, breaking tackles to the tune of 11 carries for 113 yards.

"He really had a tremendous all-around game -- running, throwing," Rollinson said. "He was on fire."

That shows that even when high school opponents try to disguise coverages on the back end, Rosen will find a way to lead his team to victory.

It's a trait he began showcasing as a sophomore, after playing on the JV as a high school freshman.

On fourth-and-goal with 3:11 remaining and Bosco down 17-10 to Notre Dame (Calif.) High in the 2012 CIF Pac-5 Division Quarterfinals, Rosen rolled right and connected on a nine-yard, pylon route to A.J. Holman to tie the game. He then led the team down the field to score the game-winning touchdown with 1:19 left.

"That was pretty much the defining moment," Negro said. "We knew he was going to be special."

Rosen is certainly an exceptional case, but while many may focus on a talented Jewish quarterback leading a Catholic school, ideologies are secondary for the heralded passer.

"They could be praying to Zeus every time at those games," Dr. Rosen said. "And he wouldn't care as long he gets to throw a football."

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