Lisa Leslie 2020

Lisa Leslie, 2020

Lisa was a 6-5 dominating high school player at Morningside in Inglewood where she led her team to two California State titles. She once scored 101 points in a half, but the prep game was called at halftime or she would have broken the all-time record of 105. She went to USC and was the College Player of the Year in 1994, setting Pac-10 scoring and rebounding records. She went on professionally to the Los Angeles Sparks and became the first WNBA player to ever win the regular season MVP, the all-star game MVP and the playoff MVP in the same season.

She led the Sparks to back-to-back WNBA titles in 2001 and 2002. She won a record 4 USA Olympic Games Gold Medals at the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics. She was WNBA MVP in 2004 and 2006 before retiring. She went into broadcasting after retiring and more recently has coached in the Big3 League where her 2019 team won the title and she was Big3 Coach of the Year. She was the first woman to ever make a slam dunk in an official WNBA game. She was inducted in both the Naismith and Women’s Basketball Halls of Fame in 2015. Her #33 jersey has been retired by USC and hangs proudly in the Galen Center.