Liz Cambage hated basketball as a kid and her opponents could well be wishing she still did.
The once chubby, uncoordinated girl has transformed into one of the world's most promising basketballers who's on the verge of taking the next step toward superstar at the London Olympics.
The second pick at last year's WNBA draft, Cambage, 20, will be one of the keys to Australia's bid to convert three consecutive Olympic silver medals to gold.
She's already shown how important she'll be in London by top scoring in each of the three matches in Australia's clean sweep of last week's pre-Games tournament in Sheffield.
Cambage dominated the tournament with 28 points against France, 29 against Britain and 21 against Angola.
"This is a dream ... all my dreams are coming true," Cambage said as she collected her Australian Olympic uniform in east London on Tuesday.
"I'm feeling really good on the court, I think I found my groove."
But it wasn't always the case.
The woman Australia's coach Carrie Graf described as the "most exciting prospect Australian basketball has ever seen" was a reluctant basketballer.
As a new girl at school on Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula, the 10-year-old Cambage's height and her Nigerian heritage made her different to the other kids.
"Mum thought basketball would be a good way to make friends," Cambage says.
"Sport didn't really interest me when I was younger, I was into arts and crafts.
"I hated basketball when I started, I was uncoordinated. But the coaches saw talent in me and they pushed me and I only kept going back for the social side and now it's my life and it's what I do every day.
"As soon as I started making friends, I started enjoying it."
A decade later, she cuts an imposing 203cm tall figure on court and is in demand around the world, drafted by Tulsa in America's WNBA and signed to a $400,000 deal to play four months in China later this year.
But she's unfazed by the attention and predictions of greatness and says she doesn't feel any pressure.
"I don't really feel like there is, I just go out and play. I try not to read into expectations because I think they lead to negative thoughts," Cambage says.
"It's a lovely compliment that people say that about me. But I just go out every day and do the best that I can."
Teammate Lauren Jackson has experienced the same expectations and believes Cambage can stand up at an uncompromising Olympics.
"I think the Olympics is going to be a huge test for her because we're coming up against players and teams who are also quite big," Jackson said.
"She's got the talent, she's got the desire to do great things. I'm happy I'm her teammate, not on another team."The Opals head to France later this week for another tournament against the French, China and Brazil before opening their Olympic campaign against Britain on July 28.