It is no ordinary story. Seimone Augustus’ story is a Baton Rouge basketball success story that spans more than 20 years, highlighted by National Player of the Year awards in college, four WNBA titles and three Olympic gold medals. It began in 1998-99 when Augustus was a freshman sensation at Capitol High. From there, she became one of the world’s most successful and well-known women’s basketball stars. Augustus averaged 27.4 points per game as a Capitol freshman and led her team to the Class 4A runner-up finish in front of capacity crowds. Sports Illustrated for Women featured Augustus on its cover with the headline, “Is She the Next Michael Jordan?” Augustus scored 3,600 points and pulled down 1,728 rebounds in high school and was Louisiana’s Miss Basketball in 2001 and 2002. She led Capitol to a 138-7 record and two LHSAA championships. As a senior, Augustus was the nation’s No. 1 player. Attendance records set during her final two LHSAA tournament appearances stand today. Augustus starred in the first McDonald’s All-American girls game in 2002 with 16 points and 12 rebounds and was the MVP of the WBCA All-American game days later. She was a two-time Parade All-American and was the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year twice. A week after Augustus signed to play for hometown LSU, more than 2,000 new season tickets were sold. Augustus led LSU to three Final Four appearances and National Player of the Year honors in her final two seasons. The Tigers were 114-17 during Augustus’ four seasons. She swept the State Farm Wade Trophy, the Naismith Award and the John R. Wooden Award as the best player in women’s college basketball as a senior.
The Minnesota Lynx made Augustus the WNBA’s No. 1 draft pick in 2006. She was soon voted Rookie of the Year. A seven-time WNBA All-Star, Augustus helped the Lynx win four WNBA championships and was the WNBA Finals MVP when Minnesota won its first title in 2011. She played for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2020, her final WNBA season. Augustus won Olympic gold medals with USA Basketball in 2008, 2012 and 2016. She also won gold in the 2014 FIBA World Championships and the 2005 World University Games. In 2016, Augustus was named to the WNBA’s all-time team during the league’s 20th anniversary season. She was inducted into the LSU Hall of Fame in 2011, the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2018 and the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.