Lisa Leslie received recruiting letters before she played a minute of high school basketball, and she became the nation's top recruit out of Morningside High School in Los Angeles, where she made national headlines by scoring 101 points in a single game. She landed at the University of Southern California as the nation's top recruit.

In 2002, Leslie was the first player to dunk in a WNBA game. She won two championships (2001, '02), three regular-season MVP awards (2001, '04, '06) and was named an All-Star eight times. She was the first player in league history to score 6,000 points.

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