Andrew Tanielian, NBC 5 Reporter
Tamika Catchings is a WNBA star and a star player for Team USA, but her basketball career started at Duncanville High School.
A three-time Olympian from Duncanville is going for another gold medal in London.
Tamika Catchings is a basketball phenom whose attitude and determination first took her to the WNBA and then to the Olympics in 2004 in Athens. She went to Bejing in 2008 and now finds herself in London playing for Team USA.
“Tamika was just all-world, all-everything. She was the ultimate team player,” Cathy Self-Morgan said.
Self-Morgan, a coach for Austin Westlake High School, was in attendance when Catchings helped Duncanville High School take home a state championship in 1997 that capped off their perfect season.
“I swear, everybody in the arena probably just had dropped mouths and [was] in awe of what she got done that finals, that championship game,” Self-Morgan said.
Catchings was known for living at the gym, always practicing and focusing on improvement.
She was inducted into Duncanville High School's hall of honor years ago. Her jersey number, 24, is also the only number the school has ever retired.
Catchings now lives in Indiana but often returns to the school to motivate future athletes.
“It means everything to me and the school and the community," Self-Morgan said. "She does it because it means that much to her, because she knows it means that much to these kids."