Trojan basketball great Lisa Leslie has been named as one of 11 members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
An All-American and National Player of the Year at USC, Leslie went on to become a three-time WNBA MVP and win four Olympic gold medals. Her accomplishments in the game have placed her in elite company as she stands to be enshrined with her Hall of Fame class Sept. 11 in Springfield, Mass.
Leslie is the third USC women’s basketball player to be named to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, joining Cheryl Miller and Cynthia Cooper. Also included in Leslie’s 2015 Hall of Fame class is former USC men’s basketball coach George Raveling.
Recently retired from an illustrious career in the WNBA with the Los Angeles Sparks, Leslie first made a name for herself at USC. As a Trojan, Leslie was the National Freshman of the Year in 1991 before going on to help lead USC to a Pac-10 title while also gathering in the highest of honors for herself. A three-time All-American (1992-94), four-time All-Pac-10 team selection — the first player in Pac-10 history to be so honored — and the unanimous 1994 Naismith National Player of the Year, Leslie finished her Trojan career with 2,414 career points and 1,214 career rebounds.
She remains USC’s all-time leading shot blocker (321), and also ranks as the Trojans’ No. 3 leading scorer, (20.1 ppg), No. 4 in rebounding (10.1 rpg), No. 5 in free throws made (461) and No. 8 in all-time steals (228).
She topped her resume at the 1996 Olympics where she led the U.S. women’ s team to the gold medal and repeated the feat in 2000, 2004 and 2008, leading the United States to gold medals in Sydney, Athens and most recently in Beijing in 2012.
The WNBA’s leader in career rebounds and second all-time in blocks, Leslie was named an All-WNBA first team eight times and second team four times during her 13 seasons with the Sparks, where she guided the squad to WNBA Championships in 2001 and 2002.
USC retired Leslie’s No. 33 jersey in 2006, hanging it high in the Galen Center.
Leslie also will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony June 13 in Knoxville, Tenn.