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T.J. Leaf (Photo credit: Adidas Gauntlet)








210 lb



El Cajon (CA) Foothills Christian HS

Compton Magic

Rankings Rankings

Rivals: 5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit (#4 PF / #15 overall) Green_arrowup_medium
Scout: 5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit (#4 PF / #22 overall) Red_arrowdown_medium
ESPN: 5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit 94 (#3 PF / #13 overall) Green_arrowup_medium
24/7: 5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit 98 (#6 PF / #18 overall) Red_arrowdown_medium
Full-Time Hoops: #1 player in San Diego

Last Updated: Sept. 21, 2015
Previous Rankings: 5-star (#3 PF/#17 overall) > 4-star (#4/#20) by Rivals; 5-star (#2 PF/#11 overall > #3/#10) by Scout; 5-star/91 (#2 PF/#15 overall) > 93 (#6/#21) by ESPN; 4-star/98 (#4 PF/#16 overall) > 96 (#7/#23) by 24/7
Rankings at time of original commitment: 5-star (0.9943) by 24/7 Composite, #3 PF/#14 overall/#2 in CA; 5-star by Rivals, ESPN & Scout

Honors Honors

2013 Sunset League Player of the Year
2013 Second Team All-CIF - San Diego Section - San Diego Hall of Champions

Statistics Statistics

2014-15: 26.8 ppg, 13.7 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.7 bpg, 1.4 spg | Junior (FCHS)
2014: 16.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 bpg | adidas Gauntlet - Dal / Indy / Orl / Vegas
2013-14: 26.5 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 7.3 apg, 3.8 bpg | Sophomore (FCHS)
2012-13: 22.4 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 4.5 apg, 3.5 bpg | Freshman (FCHS)

Decommitment Decommitted from Arizona

When coaches scoped out Leaf's versatility at the Adidas Invitational in the summer of 2013, the recruitment of this versatile young big man went national. Leaf already received offers from a bunch of heavy-hitters in college basketball: Arizona, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, UCLA, plus Arizona State, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, San Diego State and Xavier.

Leaf is coached by his father, Brad, at Foothills Christian. After his freshman season, he was added to the USA Men's Developmental Team. In July, he was named a finalist for the U17 team along with Henry Ellenson and Diamond Stone. Don't be fooled by Leaf's babyface either ... dude can punctuate at the rim. His favorite NBA comparisons are Ryan Anderson and Chandler Parsons.

Leaf decommitted from Arizona on August 6, 2015 and cut the Wildcats immediately from his updated top eight, which included Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Texas, Cal, San Diego State, Gonzaga and Indiana.

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Related articles on Bucky's 5th Quarter >>

08.06: 5-Star PF T.J. Leaf backs off Arizona pledge (Scout)

11.19: T.J. Leaf commits to Arizona (ESPN)
05.19: Michigan hosting top-25 2016 forward TJ Leaf for unofficial visit (
05.19: 5-star Calif. forward T.J. Leaf has Indiana ties (Indianapolis Star)

12.12: TJ Leaf: Creating His Own Path (Ball is Life)
08.12: Michigan picks up recruitment of 2016 four-star forward TJ Leaf (

Multimedia Audio / Video

Highlights: TJ Leaf (2016) Compton Magic Mixtape - YouTube (05.20.14)
Highlights: TJ Leaf Will DUNK On You + Can Shoot & Pass - YouTube (04.22.14)
Highlights: TJ Leaf Sophomore Does It All for Foothills Christian - YouTube (02.14.14)
Highlights: Stanley Johnson vs TJ Leaf at 2013 Tarkanian Classic - YouTube (12.19.13)
Highlights: TJ Leaf is about to BLOW UP - YouTube (10.29.13)

More Info Additional Info

2014-15 Schedule | 2013-14 | San Diego Union-Tribune

Twitter: @Tyleaf_22