Captain shoots for bright future

Kristina Long

Kristina Long
City Times

Basketball has always been a passion of San Diego City College’s junior point guard Jesse LeBeau. Enough so that in high school LeBeau would boat every morning at 6 a.m. from the island that he grew up on in King Salmon, Alaska to his high school to practice his game.

In LeBeau’s case, all of the hard work paid off. LeBeau, then a true freshman received a scholarship to play basketball at Point Loma Nazarene for the 2005/2006 season. When his options ran out there, he moved on to play for the City Knights.

LeBeau wrapped up his final year at City at the pinnacle of his game. He averaged 12 point per game as starting point guard for the Knights. According to the Knight’s Assistant Coach Joe D’Ambro, LeBeau brought more than his athletic skills to the team. D’Ambro said, “Jesse is unselfish, takes instruction well, and gives 110 percent at all times.”

As team captain, LeBeau was able to help the team with his leadership skills and basketball experience. “Heart and hustle are key to a successful team,” said LeBeau. A player that is committed enough to boat to practice every day should have a lot to share about heart and hustle with his teammates.

At this point in his life, LeBeau is using basketball as a stepping stone to get to his ultimate goal; a successful real estate career. LeBeau is currently seeking a school to transfer to where he can continue to play basketball and move forward with his earning his degree in business administration. Santa Clara University is currently at the top of his list.

After college, LeBeau hopes to continue to keep basketball in his life. He would love to play overseas or on a team for the American Basketball Association like former PLNU teammate Brian Graham who plays for the San Diego Wildcats.

Former PLNU teammate Kevin McGuire said, “Jesse will do well for any basketball team that he chooses to play for. He is the type of guy that keeps your head up when the score is down. With that kind of attitude, Jesse will be a great asset to any team.”