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Leon Powe
Full Name: Leon Powe Jr.
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-8 / 240
Birthdate: January 22, 1984 (Berkeley, Calif.)
High School: Oakland Tech HS (Oakland, Calif.)
College: California
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Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2003-04 27 26 142 291 .488 125 205 .610 0 1 .000 256 19 19 17 409 15.1
2005-06 27 27 178 359 .496 194 270 .719 3 9 .333 273 38 24 15 553 20.5
Totals 54 53 320 650 .492 319 475 .672 3 10 .300 529 57 43 32 962 17.8

An early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft.

Career Highlights: Named a Consensus Second Team All-American as a sophomore. Was only the third player in school history to be named either First or Second Team All-American by The Associated Press, joining Darrell Imhoff (1960) and Jason Kidd (1994). Earned All-Pac-10 honors his sophomore and freshman seasons. Career scoring average of 17.8 ppg currently ranks sixth all-time in Cal history and his rebounding average of 9.8 is fourth highest. Recorded 29 career double-doubles. Led team in rebounding 48 times out of 54 games played. Sat out the 2004-05 season as a medical redshirt while recovering from a pair of knee surgeries.

Sophomore (2005-06): After sitting out the first four games of the season due to a minor stress fracture in his right foot, led the Pac-10 in scoring (20.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg), becoming only the sixth player in league history to accomplish the feat and the first Cal player since Mark McNamara in 1981-82. Was one of only three players in the nation to average a double-double. Set school single-season records for free throws made (194) and attempted (270). Scored 20 or more points 15 times. Notched 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Kansas. Registered 23 points and 13 rebounds at Arizona and 30 points and 10 rebounds in the rematch. Scored 20 points vs. UCLA. Tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds vs. Washington. Recorded 22 points and a tournament-record 22 rebounds in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament vs. USC. Exploded for a career-high 41 points on 14-for-17 shooting in a double-overtime win over Oregon in the semifinals. Posted a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds vs. North Carolina State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Freshman (2003-04): Led the team in scoring (15.1 ppg) and became the first freshman in Pac-10 history to lead the league in rebounding (9.5 rpg). Also led the conference with 14 double-doubles. Paced team in rebounding 25 times out of 27 games played. Scored 20 or more points seven times, with a season-high 27 points vs. UC Irvine. Posted 19 points and 14 rebounds vs. UCLA and followed that effort with 14 points and eight rebounds vs. USC on his way to Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

Strengths: Strength and competitive instincts make him difficult to contain in the paint. Has long arms, strong hands and plays bigger than his listed height. Can play with his back to the basket, and passes well out of double teams.

Personal: Majoring in social welfare. Nickname is “The Show”. In May 2003, received an award from the Alameda County Board of supervisors that recognizes the accomplishments of foster care children.