Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Leon Powe ’03
Nicknamed “The Show” at Oakland Tech where he was a two-time high school All-American, Leon led the Bulldogs to two consecutive Northern California basketball championships in 2002 and 2003. He then played at University of California, where he was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and then Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2006, leading the conference in scoring and rebounding. After receiving All-American honors at Cal, he played four years in the N.B.A. until knee injuries cut short his career. He was the first Bulldog to have his jersey retired.
Drafted in 2006 by the Denver Nuggets, Powe played his first three years in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and won a championship with the team in 2008. From 2009 to 2011, he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also played with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2011. After a stint in Puerto Rico, Powe announced his retirement in 2014 citing multiple injuries and his desire to become a businessman.
Leon currently works for the Boston Celtics as a Communinity Liaison Ambassador.