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"It doesn't matter whether I do it or someone else docs," says Leslie, who is best known for scoring 101 points in a game for Morningside High School in Inglewood, Calif., last season (SI, Feb. 19). "Dunking is something guys care more about than girls. There's something about jumping that seems to fascinate guys. Girls are more like, As long as the ball goes in, who cares how you got it there?"
Division II Southern Indiana, which plays Georgetown on Dec. 1, promises to be another in the long tradition of early-season patsies for the Hoyas. Still, this game at least has something special to recommend it—a matchup of the brothers Mutombo.
You are probably familiar with Dikembe Mutombo, Georgetown's 7'2" shot-blocker from Zaire, but his brother Ilo, a 6'10" center for Southern Indiana, may have escaped your notice. He's a gregarious 29-year-old senior who ended up at Southern Indiana largely because as a 26-year-old freshman, he was too old to play for a Division I team.
"We've been looking forward to playing each other ever since we heard the game might be arranged," says Ilo. "I really appreciate [ Georgetown coach] John Thompson doing this. It will be like a family reunion."
Like Dikembe, Ilo is fluent in a number of languages, among them Swahili, French, Portuguese and English. And he's no pushover on the court, either, with career averages of 11 points and eight rebounds, but he does have to grudgingly concede that his younger brother's basketball skills have now surpassed his.
"Back home, I had more knowledge of the game and I used to dominate, but he's at least up on my level now," Ilo says. "At first, he didn't even like the game. When I was playing in Zaire, I used to make him come to practice with me just to carry my bag."
The game, which will be played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md., has been the focus of a good-natured sibling rivalry for weeks. "I told Mutombo he better work out, because I'm coming to get him," says Ilo, who almost always refers to Dikembe by his last name. "But in truth, I know he's good. He's still my little brother, though. I'm going to keep telling him that all night."
THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT
As often as not, people get the name of the team wrong. The players usually travel in a pair of station wagons with U-Haul cases strapped to the roofs, and they play the kind of schedule that would make NBA players weak in the knees.