T.J. Leaf

  • Forward
  • 6-8 / 203 cms
  •  200 lbs / 91
  •  Foothills Christian H.S. ‘16
  •  Lakeside, Calif.

USA Basketball Notes

Named to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team on March 27, 2013.

High School Honors

  • 2013 MaxPreps Freshman All-America honorable mention.
  • 2013 All-California Interscholastic (CIF) Federation San Diego Section second team, as selected by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
  • 2013 San Diego Union Tribune All-County second team, was the only underclassman on first or second team.
  • 2013 Sunset League Player of the Year and All-Sunset League first team.
  • Two-time San Diego Union Tribune and two-time Cal-Hi Sports Player of the week in 2012-13.

High School Notes

  • Attends Foothills Christian High School, where as a freshman in 2012-13, he helped lead the Knights to a 20-15 record, the Sunset League crown, a CIF San Diego Section Division V runner-up finish and advanced to the CIF Division V Regional; averaged 22.4 ppg., 11.9 rpg., 4.5 apg. and 3.8 bpg.
  • Started all 33 games as a freshman in 2012-13 and compiled 739 points, 392 rebounds, 147 assists, 126 blocked shots and 32 steals.
  • Owns his school’s all-time single-game record for blocked shots with 11 blocks and single-season record with 126 blocks.
  • Posted career-highs during his freshman season of 41 points versus Madison H.S., 20 rebounds versus Sante Fe Christian H.S. and 11 assists versus Mt. Miguel H.S.
  • Was twice sidelined by injuries: three months in 2011 with a broken wrist and four months in 2012 with a broken finger.

Personal Notes

  • Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, on April 30, 1997, and hails from Lakeside, Calif.
  • Full name is Ty Jacob Leaf, but goes by T.J. or his nickname, Milk.
  • Son of Karen and Brad Leaf, has two brothers, Trent (24) and Troy (22), and one sister, Talia (18).
  • Is a member of his school’s honor roll and carries a 3.54 GPA.
  • Started playing basketball in 2003.
  • Hails from a basketball family; his father played for the University of Evansville, professionally in Israel for Hapoal Galil Elyon for 12 years and then for Macabi Tel Aviv for three years, and also helped the Israeli National Team finish ninth in the 1995 European Championship; his brother Troy plays for Azusa Pacific   University after playing a year for UC-Santa Barbara.

The Inside Scoop

  • Watched the 2012 Olympics and, “Most enjoyed watching the USA men’s basketball team because I admire those players.” His most memorable moment was Carmelo Anthony’s 37-point (13-16 FGs, 10-12 3pt FGs) output against Nigeria. He also, “Enjoyed watching women’s gymnastics, because they were really good.”
  • Favorite player on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team: LeBron James because he “admires his superb athleticism and how he tries to dominate every game and is very unselfish.”
  • Plans on majoring in: history.
  • If he could drive anything, it would be: a Range Rover, but he doesn’t yet have his license.
  • Top five movies of all time: More Than a Game, Glory Road, Space Jam, Coach Carter and Remember the Titans.
  • Favorite non-sports magazine: Sport Fishing.
  • Favorite sports magazine: Sports Illustrated.
  • Pregame meal: spaghetti.
  • Has a male Labrador Retriever named Rusty and two cats: Misty and Toby.
  • Favorite app: Candy Crush.
  • Favorite sports other than basketball: football and volleyball.
  • Favorite class: history.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time: LeBron James.
  • Favorite team: Miami Heat.
  • Favorite Olympian: LeBron James.
  • Most played song on his iPod: “If I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars.
  • Best player ever faced: Stanley Johnson.
  • Most impressive person ever met: Michael Jordan.
  • Would compare his game to: Ryan Anderson and Chandler Parsons.
  • This right hander wears No. 22 because: he likes Rudy Gay and it’s a little different.
  • Away from the court, enjoys: fishing and hanging out with friends.
  • Most people don’t know: he is really good at fishing.
  • Lived in Tel Aviv for the first 2 1/2 years of his life and has been to Mexico four times.