Moriah Felder | Contributing Writer
Lisa Leslie, one of the most recognizable names in women’s basketball, will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 13 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Leslie won two consecutive WNBA championships, three WNBA Most Valuable Player awards and four Olympic gold medals over the course of her 13 seasons with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. She is also known as the first player to dunk in a WNBA game.
Joining her in the 2015 induction class are former Sparks assistant coach Gail Goestenkors, former WNBA star Janeth Arcain, former University of Georgia playmaker Janet Harris, Oregon City High coach Brad Smith, and the late coach Kurt Budke.
Leslie still holds the WNBA career rebounds record (3,307) and is still in the top five for career points, career blocks and most blocks per game. Currently, Leslie is part-owner of the Sparks and a sports commentator.
As a member of the the WNBA’s inaugural draft class in 1997, Leslie became the face of the WNBA and of Women’s basketball around the world. She has inspired the current generation of WNBA players, with her fierce competitiveness on the court and her kind personality off the court.
She has been instrumental in growing the WNBA’s popularity through modeling and starring in commercials for companies like Gatorade and Nike. Leslie now is an advocate for better media coverage of women’s basketball. Both the Los Angeles Sparks and USC, Leslie’s alma mater, have retired her jerseys. Leslie will also be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September.