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In 1992–93 Wideman was named USA Today First Team High School All-American, Converse High School All-American, Nike High School All-American, Kodak High School All-American, New England High School Player of the Year, Massachusetts High School Player of the Year, and High School All-American by the WBCA. She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game in 1993, scoring 10 points.
Her high school basketball team was the subject of a book, In These Girls Hope is a Muscle, by Madeleine Blais (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1995, ISBN 0-87113-572-8). While in high school, Wideman published poems on the complexities of her racial identity in her high school newspaper. Shortly after the Los Angeles uprisings of 1992, she wrote and published a poem titled "Black".
Wideman attended Stanford University, where she was an outstanding basketball player.
After playing professional basketball, she earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
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- Two Worlds of Jamila Wideman – San Francisco Chronicle, 1997