Meyers Leonard is a young American basketball center for the Portland Trail Blazers. He grew up in a loving family, but was plagued by life diseases at a young age and later made a career as a professional basketball player. He started with high school teams and then went on to college before entering the NBA draft and eventually professional basketball.
Meyers Leonard’s Bio
Meyers Leonard was born on 27 February 1992 in Woodridge, Virginia. He grew up in Southern Illinois in a town called Robinson. His mother Tracie was an athlete and his father James was a golf pro. Meyers was just six years old when his father died after a bicycle accident. After his father’s death, an old horse injury that resulted in a disc surgery for his mother began to show up, virtually incapacitating her.
The severity of the situation left Meyers dependent on a father figure. Brian Siler, who also lives in Robinson and had a son the same age as Meyers, took over this role and supported young Meyers with advice and assistance.
Leonard attended Robinson High School and was on the school’s basketball team where he started as a guard. Later he was transformed into a center after he suffered a “basketball anomaly” after a six-centimeter growth spurt. Leonard was named a member of the 2010 Illinois All-State Team. After high school, he decided to play college basketball at the University of Illinois.
In his freshman year, Leonard averaged 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 8.2 minutes per game. The following year he was selected to play for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships with the USA team. As a sophomore, Leonard was named Big 10 Co-Player of the Week twice and at the end of the season was named “Honorable Mention All-Big 10”.
When the 2012 NBA Draft came out, Leonard Meyers was the 11th overall selection of the Portland Trail Blazers, and he has stayed with them ever since. After signing his contract as a rookie, he made his NBA debut against the Los Angeles Lakers and scored four points. He had his first career start against the Phoenix Suns, and he finished the game with 12 points and 5 rebounds. In the following two seasons, Leonard had a tough time in terms of on-court time, performance, and injury. However, he would turn his fortunes around and be re-signed by the Portland Trail Blazers with a four-year $41 million contract.
Leonard’s father, James was a golf pro and his mother is Tracie Leonard. Meyers grew up with two siblings, Chris and Bailey. After the death of her father and the health situation of her mother, Meyers’ older brother, Bailey joined the Marines to support the family. There was a video of Bailey and Meyers in 2012 that practically brought the internet to a standstill.
Meyers Leonard tweeted an emotional video in which his older brother Bailey, whom he had not seen for two years, paid him a surprise visit. Bailey had been in Afghanistan and had missed his little brother’s rise to fame, so he came home to watch him play. After a game against Michigan, Bailey showed up during practice to surprise Meyers, who collapsed in tears when he saw him. The two had become inseparable after the death of their father.
Meyers Leonard is married to Elle Bielfeldt. Meyers met Elle Bielfeldt in the first year of his studies. They studied together a few times, and soon they were together. They were together for almost three years before they got engaged. When asked what he thinks of Elle, Meyers says he “struck gold. The couple was married at the Oregon Golf Club.
Other Facts You Need to Know
- At the time of their marriage, Elle and Meyers were the first to form the bond of marriage among their friends.
- Their dog Bella was the ring bearer at their wedding.
- Meyers has three cities he loved during his time in the NBA – Los Angeles, Chicago, and Indianapolis.
- Meyers still has the Barbie Princess backpack he had to wear his first year as a rookie.
- His parents named him Meyers, which is usually the last name as a first name because it was the maiden name of his father’s mother.