Kiana Rudd was born Lucky.

There are many reasons why this is so, including the fact that the 5-foot-9 sophomore shooting guard at New Hope Christian (Thomasville, N.C.) has loving parents, Janese and Delaney, the latter of whom played for four years in the NBA.

But the real story behind Lucky’s nickname occurred when she was born so quickly.

“It was 3 a.m., and we barely made it to the hospital in time,” Janese said. “There wasn’t even time to get me to the delivery room. I had her in the admissions office.”

Delaney, who was in France playing pro basketball at the time, said the youngest of the couple’s three daughters “was lucky she wasn’t born in the car.”

The moniker stuck, and Lucky doesn’t even use her given name.

“I don’t think I look like a Kiana,” said the 16-year-old Lucky, who already has scholarship offers from North Carolina State, Georgetown, East Carolina, Princeton and her dad’s alma mater, Wake Forest. “Lucky is all I know myself as.”

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