Even after all these years, Becky Hammon still hears the voice in her ear.

The assistant coach at Colorado State was constantly on Hammon, telling her she was going to be the school's first All-American. How she was going to do this. How she was going to do that.

"I'm a little girl from South Dakota, and she starts talking all this crazy stuff," the NBA's first full-time female assistant coach said Monday during an exclusive interview with USA TODAY Sports. "But when she started speaking all that, she started planting seeds. 'Yeah, maybe. Maybe I could do that if I worked really hard.'

"You have those people speaking really good things in your life and it grows and produces fruit later on," Hammon said. "But somebody had to initially plant those good seeds."