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Luis Felipe López is a Dominican retired professional basketball player from Santiago, Dominican Republic. He starred in United States high school and college basketball. López then played for four seasons in the National Basketball Association.
Lopez moved to New York from the Dominican Republic as a 14-year-old eighth-grader, a basketball prodigy from a place where baseball is king. After just a couple years he was ranked above Allen Iverson as the top player in his high school class, led Rice High School to a city and state championship, and his press conference announcing he would stay home for college was must-see TV for his fans.
His pro career was largely unsuccessful but his life certainly hasn’t been. Lopez is active in the community through his nonprofit foundation and NBA Cares, president of a community center basketball team in the Dominican Republic, and has returned to St. John’s at times in the two decades since he became his family’s first college graduate to talk to players about how to be a professional.
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