High School: East (Salt Lake City, UT)
Recruiting Status: Verbally committed to BYU
Notes: Her sister, Deserae Falatea, joined the Cal State Northridge women’s basketball team as a freshman in the 2019-20 season.
Recruiting Summary for Lealani Falatea
offers in 2019:
- February: Hawaii (first offer), Cal State Northridge, Portland
- March: BYU
- July: Cal State Bakersfield, Northern Arizona
- August: Washington State
- September: Utah State
July 26, 2020: committed to BYU
Here’s how these 6 players earned the 2019 girls basketball MVP awards (Deseret News, 3/28/2019)
It is difficult for an underclassman to lead a team, but especially difficult when that team is loaded with talent and experience.
But that’s what Lealani Falatea did this season — and it’s thanks, in part, to her older sister.
“Her best attribute is her maturity,” said East High head coach Olosaa Solovi. “She came in so mature, and just her IQ of the game. I don’t even know how to explain it, and then she’s just super athletic.”
He said watching her come in as a freshman and win the trust of the older players was a credit to her — and the girls with whom she played.
“It was impressive,” he said. “Her leadership was undeniable because of her game, because of how fearless she was.”
See her MaxPreps page.