John Lesher

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At Claymont High School Lesher averaged 17 PPG as a sophomore and led the state in scoring his junior year, (30 PPG ave) and was named second team All-State. As a senior, he averaged 30 PPG,
leading the state in scoring and was selected first team All-State. He scored more than 1,300 career points in basketball and also lettered in cross-country, baseball and track; Lesher started on the
freshman team at West Virginia University in 1962 and became a sophomore starter after being voted “Best Sophomore in the Los Angeles Classic:”. The team was ranked 16th in the nation (18-1) and he
averaged 5.4 PPG. In his junior year, WVU won the Southern Conference tournament qualifying for the NCAA tournament. Lesher scored 26 points in the conference semi-finals and named to the
All-Tournament team. He started his senior year for a team with a 19-9 record. His team was frequently ranked in the top 20 with a high ranking of 10th in the nation. Lesher scored 28 points in a win
over Duke and 31 in a game against. NYU. Lesher played in the North-South All-Star game and Portsmouth and Charlotte invitational tournaments. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Baltimore
Bullets of the NBA. Lesher played for the Sunbury Mercuries in the Eastern League scoring 12 PPG. He averaged 20 PPG on aCollege All-star team touring Europe and the Middle East then joined a tour of
Central America. He played six ¬†years of pro ball for Belgium Bue Lier teaf finishing second twice, third, fourth and national champions twice. In 1971 he was voted “most outstanding foreign
player”, averaging 20 PPG and scored 45 points against Greece in one game.



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