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Amphi High School Grad Lester Medford Part of Champion Latvian Pro Team


Tucson native and former Amphi High School standout Lester Medford is a member of a pro team that was deemed champion of the Pafbet Latvian Basketball League after the postseason tournament was canceled amid COVID-19 pandemic concerns.

Medford, a 2011 Amphi grad in his fourth season of professional basketball overseas, played for VEF Riga in the Latvian Pro League. VEF Riga was determined the Pafbet Latvian Basketball League’s champion because it placed first in the regulat-season standings.

Lester Medford, wearing No. 20 for Amphi, is the son of former Arizona basketball and football player Kelvin Eafon (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Medford is the son of former Arizona basketball and football standout Kelvin Eafon, who is part of the KCUB 1290-AM pregame and postgame shows for Wildcat football and basketball games.

Eafon messaged me Saturday that Medford remains in Latvia and is awaiting clearance from VEF Riga to return to the United States.

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In 40 games with VEF Riga this season, Medford, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound guard, averaged 12.6 points, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

After averaging 19.2 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a senior at Amphi in 2010-11, Medford played one season at Arizona Western before playing at Indian Hills Community College at Ottumwa, Iowa.

Medford then played two years at Baylor, where as a senior in 2015-16, he averaged 8.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 32.4 minutes in 34 games.


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