5  Paris Leonard
Paris Leonard

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Memphis, Tenn.

High School:
Wooddale

Height:
5-8

Position:
Guard

Experience:
3L

Awards:
All-Conference USA (2nd team), 2008-09; Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year (2006); All-Tournament Team Tiger Thanskgiving Classic (2006, 2007, 2009)


11/25/2014

@MemphisWBKB Back on the Road Wednesday

Tigers heading back to the state of Illinois for a non-conference match-up.

Career: Caps her four-year Tiger career with 1,369 points, 439 rebounds and 198 steals...Ranks 14th all-time in scoring at Memphis...Also connected on 160 three-point field goals for her career, finishing third all-time behind LaTonya Johnson (207) and Devin Necaise (180)...Her 198 steals ranks ninth all-time in Tiger history...Was a three-time honoree on the Tiger Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament team, including tournament MVP honors in 2008-09, and was named to the all-tournament teams at the Sunsplash Shootout (2008-09).

2008-09 (Senior): Led Memphis in scoring with 16.2 points per game, adding 4.2 rebounds a night...Also led the Tiger with 67 steals on the season and finished fourth with 48 assists...Her 59 three-point field goals made was the third-best single season mark in school history...Averaged 32.3 minutes per game in her senior season...Named the tournament MVP of the Piggly Wiggly Thanksgiving Classic after helping Memphis to the tournament title...Scored her 1,000th career point in the championship game of the Piggly Wiggly Thanksgiving Classic, stealing a Stephen F. Austin pass and driving it the length of the court for a layup for her 1,000th point...Was named the C-USA Player of the Week following the 3-0 week which saw the Tigers win the tournament championship, her first career POW honor...Was also named to the all-tournament team at the Sunsplash Shootout in the Bahamas...Was named to the Conference USA Second Team, becoming the first Tiger to earn all-conference honors since 2004-05...Scored 20 or more points 12 times in her senior season, including seven times against C-USA competition.

2007-08 (Junior): Was the lone Lady Tiger to play and start in all 16 conference games and played in all 30 games...Ranked second on the team with 11.6 points per game and with 40 three-point field goals made...Also averaged 4.4 rebounds per game...Knocked down 40 three-point field goals, which ranks third in the junior record book...Her 59 steals was the 11th-best single season total in the junior record book...Has connected on 101 career three-point field goals, which ranks sixth in the Memphis career record book...Her 317 three-point field goals attempted ranks sixth in the record books...Will be Memphis' next 1,000 career point scorer...Has 884 career points and 313 rebounds following her junior season...Had career-best totals in steals (59), blocks (14), assists (38), rebounds (133) and field goals made (132) during her junior season.

2006-07 (Sophomore): Played in 26 games, finishing fourth on the team with 7.8 points per game...Had her only start of the season in the season-opener against Winthrop, where she finished with four points and one rebound...Had a season-high 16 points against Louisville in the third game of the year...Scored double-digit points in 11 games, including 15 in the loss at UTEP...Had a season-high nine rebounds in the UTEP game, but then missed the last five games of the season...Knocked down 18 shots from three-point range, hitting 23.7 percent from beyond the arc...Also shot 59.0 percent at the free-throw line and 31.1 percent from the field...Had 27 steals on the season and seven blocks.

2005-06 (Freshman): Played in 26 of the 28 games the Lady Tigers played and started in three...Was named the Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year after averaging 12.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game off the bench...Had a career-high 26 points in just her third collegiate game against Austin Peay, adding 25 the following night against Clemson at the Lady Tiger Thanksgiving Classic...Was named to the all-tournament team at the Lady Tiger tournament...Scored double-digit points in 16 games, including four games with 20 or more points...Had her first collegiate double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds, including 10 offensive, against Austin Peay...Her 12.8 ppg average makes her the first Lady Tiger freshman since Tamika Whitmore to average double digit scoring...Also added 7 blocks, 45 steals and 21 assists...Her 43 three-point field goals made is the ninth-best single season total in Memphis history...Shot 36.1 percent from three-point range, hitting five threes against Ole Miss and six against Clemson...Her 10 offensive rebounds against Austin Peay tied a tournament record...Was Memphis' first signee out of the city of Memphis since Keeta Matthews in 1992...She joined fellow Mid-South players Tamika Butler (Marianna, Ark.) and Gresh Gorman (Southaven, Miss.).

Prep: Averaged 20.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 steals a game at Wooddale High School in Memphis...Became Head Coach Blair Savage's first Memphis-area recruit and she and Sherika Montgomery made up Savage's first-ever signing class...Played basketball under coach Niki Bray...Was also a member of the AAU Memphis Showboats and was named to the River City Classic All-Tournament team...A Commercial Appeal Best of Preps/All-Metro Team honoree, she participated in the adidas Top 10 Girls Basketball All-American Camp in Suwanee, Ga. as a junior...As a sophomore, she was named to the All-District 15 AAA team.

Personal: Daughter of Sylvia and Quentin Jones and Efren Smith...Has two brothers and two sisters...Wears jersey No. 5 because that is the number she has had since starting to play organized basketball and also because it's her lucky number...Says her biggest accomplishment was getting a scholarship to play basketball and making the Principal's List twice....After college, she would like to either play in the WNBA or play overseas...Majoring in management information systems.

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