Basketball – Inaugural Inductee 2019
Leon Edmonds was a basketball athlete in 1967-68. He was MVP of the 1968 WAACC Basketball tournament as he led the Helmsmen to the title in the school’s first ever season.
Leon was the team captain and leading rebounder. He still holds the best single game free throw percentage making 13 out of 13. (most consecutive free throws record of 28 straight makes over multiple games is in attendance tonight as well in Ron Bollinger).
After Bellevue Leon went on to play at Portland State University and earned MVP honors, leading them in scoring and rebounding. After Portland State he was drafted into the American Basketball Association, where he was a teammate of Julius Irving.
After basketball, he was the first American to earn a Black Sash and became known as Grandmaster Dr. Lee because of his martial arts expertise, which he taught worldwide for more than 40 years. Leon passed away in 2016.
Leon also is a member of the NWAC Hall of Fame.
Last Updated May 28, 2020