Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis of Santa Ana Mater Dei was the top-rated high school girls' basketball player on the nation's top-ranked team. And she has already signed on to play for college powerhouse Connecticut next season. So picking a favorite memory from her senior year is difficult.
She recalls a time in Atlanta, when she was approached at the airport by a man who asked for her autograph. "It makes you feel special," said the 6-foot guard who was chosen by The Times as the girls' player of the year in Southern California.
There was also the time when Lisa Leslie, a three-time WNBA most valuable player, surprised her at Mater Dei by delivering the Gatorade national player of the year award.
Leslie had come to the school under the guise of giving the team a pep talk before it played for the Division I state championship.