Lisa Deshaun Leslie-Lockwood, more commonly known as Lisa Leslie, was born July 7, 1972 in Gardena, California. She is a now retired American professional women’s basketball player. She was a huge figure during her WNBA(Women’s National Basketball Association) career and was looked up to by many, both figuratively and literally. She wasn’t always into sports as a child, but somewhere down the line she became one of the most dominant female players to ever play the game of basketball.
When Lisa was in middle school she already began towering over everybody at a height of a little over 6 feet. She had no intention of ever playing basketball, and it wasn’t until a classmate begged her to come out for the team, that she actually began playing. When she reached eighth grade she transferred to a school that had no women’s basketball team, so she joined the boy’s team. She not only did very well there, but it boosted her confidence and enhanced her performance. At the age of 14 she started getting hundreds of letters from colleges and universities all around the country, which was before she even entered high school. In 1986 she enrolled in Morningside High School and started every game on their girls basketball team. She holds a record for most points scored in a single half, at 101 points. By the time she was a sophomore, she could already dunk the ball. As the leading scorer and player with the most rebounds, she led her team to the California state championship. By her senior year she was the top female basketball player in the country. Lisa did not want to move far from home when she went to college, so she attended University of Southern California. Like high school, it did not take long for Lisa to dominate the college courts. Throughout college she played a total of 120 games, averaging 20 points a game. Her college career consisted of 2,414 points and 321 blocked shots. Her record throughout college was 89 wins and 31 losses. She became the first player in...
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