Meyers Leonard

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Meyers Leonard
Meyers Leonard Blazers 2013.jpg
No. 11 – Portland Trail Blazers
Position Power Forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-02-27) February 27, 1992 (age 22)
Woodbridge, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Robinson (Robinson, Illinois)
College Illinois (2010–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present Portland Trail Blazers
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Meyers Patrick Leonard (born February 27, 1992) is an American basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. He played college basketball at the University of Illinois.[1] He was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft.[2]

Early life[edit]

Leonard, born in Woodbridge, Virginia,[3] grew up in Robinson, Illinois, a small town roughly at the boundary between central and southern Illinois. When he was six years old, his father James, a golf pro, was killed in a freak bicycle accident. His mother Tracie, once an athlete who would run upwards of 10 miles a day, had been largely housebound since her husband's death, victimized by an old horseback injury and subsequent disc surgery that left her with crippling pain.[4]

When he was in second grade, the young Leonard gained a surrogate family. Brian Siler, an insurance agent in Robinson who had a son of the same age, was aware of Leonard's family situation, and eventually became a father figure. Leonard regularly attended the Silers' church and went on family vacations. According to ESPN.com writer Dana O'Neil,

"Looking to shoehorn the relationship into a convenient box, outsiders have called this Meyers' version of The Blind Side, but the comparison is inaccurate. The book and subsequent movie tell the story of Michael Oher, a boy who was homeless and didn't have much of a family life. Meyers Leonard has a family. It has not abandoned him. On the contrary, Tracie loves her son, loves him so much that she was willing to accept help."[4]

High school[edit]

Leonard entered high school as a guard, but was converted to center after a six-inch (15 cm) growth spurt between his freshman and sophomore years. O'Neil called him "something of a basketball anomaly", adding that Leonard "gained all that height without losing his coordination or his fast-twitch muscles."[4]

In high school, Leonard was named a member of the 2010 Illinois All-American Team as selected by the Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, News-Gazette, and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Leonard led Robinson High School to the IHSA class 2A state championship[5] before choosing to play collegiate basketball at the University of Illinois.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Meyers Leonard
C
Robinson, IL Robinson High School 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Jul 29, 2008 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6 (C)   Rivals: 6 (C)  ESPN: 4 (C)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College[edit]

Leonard playing for Illinois

Freshman[edit]

Entering the University of Illinois during the 2010–11 season, Leonard averaged 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 8.2 minutes per game.[6]

Sophomore[edit]

As a sophomore at the University of Illinois, Leonard averaged 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.[6] Leonard was named Big 10 Co-Player of the Week on December 5, 2011 after averaging 16.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in two Illinois victories.[7] Leonard was also named Big 10 Player of the Week on December 26, 2011 after averaging 16.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per game in two games.[8] Following the season, Leonard was named Honorable Mention All Big-10.[9]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Illinois 33 1 8.2 .483 .000 .706 1.2 .2 .2 .4 2.1
2011–12 Illinois 32 30 31.8 .584 .091 .732 8.2 1.3 .5 1.9 13.6

Professional career[edit]

Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

Leonard was drafted with the 11th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2012 NBA draft. On July 13, 2012, he signed a multi-year deal with the Trail Blazers.[10][11]

On October 31, 2012, Leonard made his NBA debut, logging 23 minutes and scoring four points.[12] He made his first career start on November 21, 2012 against the Phoenix Suns, where he finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds.[13]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Portland 19 9 17.5 .545 .429 .809 3.7 .5 .2 .6 5.5
2013–14 Portland 11 0 8.9 .861 .000 .762 2.8 .5 .2 .1 2.5
Career 30 9 14.3 .802 .231 .800 3.4 .5 .2 .4 4.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Portland 4 0 2.3 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 4 0 2.3 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .0 .0

Personal[edit]

Leonard's older brother, Bailey, is a U.S. Marine who has served in Afghanistan.[14]

References[edit]

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