Lesego Molebatsi

Background : Left for the US 05
College : Fresno Pacific 09
Degree : Business Management
Hometown : Bloemfontein, South Africa
Currently : Working for Nestle
Biography : Lesego Molebatsi stands 6 feet 8 inches tall and was part of the first South African delegation of players to ever attend an NBA player camp in 1999. Miles & Associates/AYDF selected Lesego as one of the top 5 players in the country, to attend Miami Heat all-star Tim Hardaway’s Basketball Camp in Chicago, Illinois. Lesego went against some of Chicago’s best high school students during this camp and was honored as the camp’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).Miles / AYDF had trouble finding a high school that was willing to take Lesego after the camp because he only had one year of high school eligibility remaining. Lesego had to return to South Africa to finish high school and he was offered a scholarship to attend Johannesburg based Wits University in 2001 and in 2002 transferred to Vaal University of Technology. After a brief but dominant stint at Vaal University in 2002, Miles/AYDF organized an opportunity for him to play under the wing of George Tarkanian at the College of Southern Nevada (CCSN).After a stellar year at CCSN, the basketball program at CCSN was terminated and in 2003 Lesego transferred to Fresno City College. In 2004, Lesego transferred to Fresno Pacific University (a 4 year institution) where he stayed for his final two years of eligibility and graduated with a degree in Business Management & Administration.

In 2006, Lesego returned to South Africa and in 2007 Lesego started working at Nestle in the Finance & Control department as a Graduate Trainee. Lesego is now working as a Costing Controller at Nestle. He continues to dominate the local South African leagues and represents his country as a starters for the South African National team.

  “Being the first Black South African to go to America on a basketball scholarship was intimidating because I knew that my success or failure would affect whether other South Africans got the same type of opportunities in the future.”
– Thabo Letsebe

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