Meyers Leonard -- Did You Know?
By Kassandra Posted in: Blazers
Winning a championship is that of what any amateur and professional athlete dreams. It is the goal. It is the objective. It is the pinnacle.
Obviously, for players in the NBA, winning a championship is paramount for their reasons to play the game at the highest level. Teams build for it. They trade for it. They draft for it. Players hone their skills in high school and college in an attempt to put themselves in the right place to land on an NBA team and strive for that elusive championship. Sometimes, players will find such championship success prior to reaching the NBA.
But ... did you know?
It was just three years ago that the Blazers own Meyers Leonard tasted that kind of success.
Meyers was a vital piece of his high school's title run as a senior during the 2009-10 season. Robinson topped Peoria Manual, 76-68 in overtime, in the Illinois class 2A championship game.
His biggest highlight from the game might just have come at the end of the first half when he drained a buzzer beater from 70 feet away.
Meyers' (32) teammates celebrate following his 70-foot buzzer beater.
He scored 16 points, hauled in 15 rebounds and swatted away six shots to help pace Robinson to the championship. Anyone who follows basketball at any level knows those are some impressive numbers.
Meyers began his high school as a guard, but grew six inches between his freshman and sophomore years, eventually reaching his listed seven foot as a high school senior.
Now, just three short years later, he finds himself as a building block on a young team which, though still under construction, is building toward an NBA championship. Albeit at a lower level, at least one Blazer has already felt that championship feeling.
Like myself, Meyers turns 21 today (February 27).
Now, you know.
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