7. La'Keshia Frett
3,290 POINTS 1,556 REBOUNDS 336 BLOCKS
The Phoebus basketball team won 110 of 118 games during Frett's four seasons.
THEN: While setting several high school records, LaKeshia Frett, top left, led Phoebus to a state championship in 1992. (Daily Press photo)
Her career scoring record of 3,290 points, 827 more than any other girl in state history, has been untouchable. Her record single season scoring average, 32.9 points, will probably be broken someday, but no one has approached it since Frett graduated from Phoebus High in 1993.
She was not a gunner, however. Her coach remembers a player who was deadly from the floor - with a 68 percent field goal percentage one season - but who didn't shoot nearly enough.
"She was so humble that many times she was too unselfish," Mike Tallon said. "When you consider that attitude, and the fact she usually played just 21/2 quarters, because we didn't want to run up ridiculous scores, her numbers could've been much higher.
"She always tried to get her teammates involved and cared more about winning than statistics."
Phoebus won 110 of 118 games during Frett's four seasons at Phoebus. As one reporter who covered Frett said, "It was like watching a college player in a high school uniform."
Her team-first attitude was reflected in her non-scoring statistics. She still holds the state record for career rebounds (1,556) and single-season rebounds (464), and is second on the state list in career blocks with 336.
One of those blocks produced Frett's greatest memory from prep basketball. With six seconds left in the 1992 state Group AAA championship game, Frett blocked Terri Garland's shot to preserve Phoebus' 39-38 victory over Pulaski County.
"Frett came out of nowhere to make that block," Pulaski coach Ron Reedy said moments after the game.
Not really, Tallon insists.
"La'Keshia's defense was always a key factor in big games," Tallon said. "She understood angles and help concepts, and she could cover two people at once because she was so smart and had such good footwork.
"We tried to gear our defense to funnel the opposition through her. Because she was long and rangy, she was a great shot blocker. And she never got in foul trouble, which is rare for a big kid."
Frett grew to 6-foot-2 in high school, but Tallon developed her to be more than a post player. He nurtured her ball-handling skills, something Frett credits for the basketball success she experienced in high school and beyond.
"He wouldn't let me rely just on my talent and height," she said. "He taught me fundamentals to make sure I would be ready for the next level. I could use my left hand when I got to college and a lot of players lacked that coming out of high school.
"At the University of Georgia, I played on the wing, rather than in the post, so I was always thankful I learned the fundamentals in high school."
Frett averaged 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds at Georgia. The Lady Bulldogs reached two Final Fours during her four seasons, including a runner-up finish in 1996.
After graduating in 1997, Frett played in the American Basketball League and in Hungary for two years.
Frett, 29, has played in the WNBA the past six seasons, and is averaging 4 points and 1.9 rebounds for the New York Liberty this season.
Her success has exceeded her wildest dreams.
"Coach Tallon really believed in me," she said. "He saw the talent I had and gave me a vision that it was possible to play basketball for a career. Before I met him, I had no idea you could get a scholarship just for playing.
"It's great that my career has lasted so long."
And long after it's over, she may still hold some of the state records that have been on the books more than a decade after she graduated from Phoebus High.