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Crosby talks favorite players

Updated: December 11, 2008, 12:04 PM ET
By Jon Mahoney | ESPNRISE.com

Each weekday, ESPN RISE brings you five vital stats from athletes across the country.

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Manhattan Center (N.Y.) senior point guard China Crosby is rated the nation's No. 14 overall girls' basketball recruit in the Class of 2009 in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100. A star athlete in her own right, Crosby has admired a number of standout pros and here are her top five players.

1. Teresa Weatherspoon
"I loved the No. 11 for the longest time. I never used to watch the WNBA, but when I started watching her, she reminded me of myself."

2. Michael Jordan
"He made history, and that's something I want to do. He's one of the best and I look up to him."

3. Allen Iverson
"I like his handle. The difference between me and some point guards is my handle. When AI was playing for the Sixers, I studied his moves."

4. Steve Nash
"He's like the true point guard leader."

5. Chris Paul
"I love his overall game. He reminds me of myself because he's a scorer and a disher and takes control of the team when it's down."

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Jon Mahoney is a football and baseball editor for ESPNHS. Email him at jon.mahoney@espn.com.