BATON ROUGE, La — LSU legend Seimone Augustus took the Tigers to three straight Final Fours while also earning back-to-back NCAA Player of the Year award honors in the early 2000s.
Then the Minnesota Lynx picked her number one overall in the WNBA Draft, and she won four championships. Don’t forget the three Olympic Gold medals.
Yet the journey of the Baton Rouge-born star began at Capital High School.
“Seimone is actually on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a freshman. They’ve been saying there’s going to be the next Seimone for a long time, at a lot of different schools,” Capitol High School Coach Alvin Stewart said.
As a Lion, she won 51 straight games to claim consecutive state titles as they sold out arenas. But Augustus never made it about herself.
“Everyone knew Seimone was a superstar, but she never made you feel like that,” teammate and current Liberty Girls Basketball Head Coach Valencia Wilson said.
“I think that that led to a huge amount of our success. The fact that she wasn’t selfish. Someone who was very, very unselfish. That confounded the other teams because all you guys are watching her, but other players were scoring as well,” Stewart said.
While on the court, her qualities were wanted by every coach in America. It’s who she was off the court that stands out to those around her.
“My first memory of Seimone Augustus was when she was at Capital High School and we tried to recruit her. Very quiet, unassuming, talent, very humble, soft spoke,” former Louisiana Tech and current LSU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kim Mulkey said.
“She was humble, hardworking, loving and caring. And a family woman,” said Wilson.
“Someone who was great conscious and that was infectious on the rest of the campus,” said Stewart.
The Seimone Augustus statue will be unveiled outside the P-Mac at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 in the plaza between the LSU Gymnastics facility and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center ahead of the Tiger’s game against Auburn.
Although the accolades deem her worthy of a statue, it’s who she is as a person that puts her among the greats in Baton Rouge.
“The one thing about her, I don’t think she will ever forget where she came from. She always came back, even when playing at LSU she always come back to the gym and see us,” Wilson said.
“When you look at her accomplishments, she definitely belongs out there with the statue. No doubt about it,” Stewart said.