Lisa Leslie graduated from Morningside High School in Inglewood, California and signed to play basketball at the University of Southern California after averaging 27 points and 15 rebounds during her senior year and leading her team to a California State Championship. While at USC she averaged 20.1 points per game over 120 career games and set Pac-10 Conference records in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots. In 1991 she earned NCAA National Freshman of the Year honors and followed that up by earning All-American honors in three consecutive seasons from 1992 to 1994. After being named the NCAA National Player of the Year in 1994 she headed to the Women’s National Team and led the USA to a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games. The following year she was selected in the first round of the 1997 WNBA Draft and went on to play 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks. During her time in the league she led her team to back-to-back WNBA titles in 2001 and 2002, earned eight All-Star selections, 12 All-WNBA nods, four All-WNBA Defensive Team selections and three WNBA MVP Awards. She also continued to play on the Women’s National Team and helped the USA to gold medals at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic games. She retired in 2009 with a WNBA record 6,263 points, and 3,307 rebounds, and has been named one of the top 15 players in league history.
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