Dewan Lesane, Clinton High School’s 6-foot-2, 175-pound combo player, who can leap out of the gym, is going into what he hopes will be a successful senior year on the court and the gridiron.
Lesane plays both football and basketball for the Dark Horses, with basketball being a focus. He’s been seen soaring above the rim many times. He plays small forward for CHS, but also fills the role of shooting guard and power forward whenever his number gets called. As a senior this year, he will be one the team’s leaders — a role he has been filling this summer.
“We played really well in the summer tournament, but we’ve only got three people from last year returning I believe,” said Lesane. “Even though the new people are learning quickly, I’ve been doing whatever I can to help prepare myself and the team, making sure that we all get, and are playing, on the same page.”
Lesane’s stats from last season are a testament to why he’s expected to be one of the leaders for CHS this upcoming season. Over the course of only 30 games, he averaged 12.3 points, 2.6 assist, 7.9 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 0.7 blocks per game for the Horses.
The numbers earned him plenty of awards, including Most Valuable Player, All-Conference, All-County, Third Team All-State and multiple player of the game selections.
“It feels good to achieve all these things,” said Lesane. “I always talk to my mom about them and she always tells me to remember to stay humble and don’t be cocky.”
When playing to this level of success, it doesn’t just happen naturally and Lesane’s passion and work ethic speaks volumes about his talent.
“I’m just always working for it no matter what,” remarked Lesane. “I play full of emotion and passion and treat every game like it’s my last.”
He also has big goals in mind for his team this upcoming season, as he believes they have what it takes to win the championship this year. Team chemistry will be a major factor, he said.
“We’ve all been playing together since we were little on things like AAU teams,” said Lesane. “If we weren’t playing with each other, we were playing against each other. Even today we play together as one and none of us are selfish. I don’t really know where our closeness comes from, but I guess this has something to do with it and I feel like it’ll take us a long way.”
Lesane’s talent hasn’t been overlooked either as he’s gotten his fair share of looks from schools at the next level.
“I’ve had looks from Pembroke, Central, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Alabama,” said Lesane. “I really would like to go to South Carolina, though, that’s always been my dream school.”
He isn’t just thinking about basketball. Lesane has a general idea about what he wants to do with his education and into his future career, never forgetting his mother’s words about humility.
“I’d like to be an athletic trainer. If I don’t do that, then I’ll probably try to do something with personal finance,” said Lesane. “But no matter what I do, I’ll try to remain humble.”
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