Coastal Opens Up the 2014 NCAA Tournament Friday Night Against #3/4 Virginia
Coastal Opens Up the 2014 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Championships at 6 pm Friday Night
Coastal Hosts Charleston Southern in its Regular Season Finale
CCU's Seven Selections are the Most of Any Conference School
Voted by the league's head coaches, sports information directors and media to the 2007 Preseason All-Big South squad for the second straight year... Is already a member of CCU's 1,000-Point Club and starts the season in seventh with 1,424 points (27th in Big South history)...Holds the school record with 300 career three pointers (third in league annals)... Also enters his senior season on CCU's career chart ranking second in free-throw percentage (.830), fifth in scoring average (16.0), seventh in field goals attempted (1,125), eighth in field goals made (489) and 11th in assists (289)... Introduced Presidential candidate Barack Obama at a rally at Coastal this fall...
2006-07: Started all 30 games for the Chanticleers for the second consecutive season, leading them to their second straight .500 or better season for the first time in 13 years... Earned Second Team All-Big South honors after posting averages of 15.6 points (team-best and seventh in the league), 2.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists (team high and ninth in the league) per game... Also was named Big South Men's Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season, as well as earning ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-America and Academic All-District honors as presented by CoSIDA... Knocked down 90 three-pointers on the year, which ranks as the fifth-best single-season mark in school history... Scored in double figures in 25 games, including 12 Big South contests, and had eight games of at least 20 points... Had his best game of the year with 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting, including seven three-pointers, as well as adding six assists and six rebounds in the home win over VMI (Feb. 3)... Followed that up with a game-high 25 points in the home win over Radford (Feb. 5)... Named Big South Player of the Week after scoring 24 points in home win over McNeese State (Jan. 8) followed by 20 points in the Big South opening victory over Charleston Southern (Jan. 6)... Posted 12 games with four or more three-pointers, six with five-plus rebounds and 12 with at least four assists...
2005-06: Was named Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, Big South Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-Big South for his play in 2005-06... Started all 30 games, averaging 17.8 points (76th nationally) and 3.1 rebounds a game... Also named the league's Men's Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year, the first time one player has been named Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the same season... Owned Coastal's top five scoring games in 2005-06... Led Coastal to 10 more wins than the previous year and the team's first winning record in 12 years... Led the Big South and was second in Division I with 4.17 three-pointers per game and finished 25th nationally in three-point field goal percentage at 41.9 percent... Set a Big South and school single-season record with 125 three-point field goals... Ranked in the top 10 in the league in six other categories, including points (5th), assists (2nd), steals (6th), three-point field goal percentage (5th), and assist-to-turnover ratio (6th)... Also hit the Coastal top-10 single-season chart in points scored (8th, 535), field goals attempted (8th, 411) and free throw percentage (9th, .833)... His 535 points are the most ever by a sophomore at Coastal... Scored in double figures in 27 of 30 contests, including 15 Big South games... Led CCU in scoring 15 times, with a 13-2 record as the leading scorer and scored 20 points or more in 12 contests... Had a career-high 33 points in the win over South Carolina State (Dec. 14)... Had 23 points and eight assists in the home win over High Point (Feb. 6)... Hit a career-best nine three-pointers vs. Chowan (Dec. 19), the second-most ever in a single game at CCU... Also had seven triples on five separate occasions, the fifth-best mark in school annals... Hit at least five three-pointers in 12 contests and had at least one in 29 of 30 games... Had a career-best nine assists twice during the season and 17 games with four or more... Led CCU in rebounds three times...
2004-05: Played in all 29 games, starting 24 of them including all 16 league games... Earned Big South Conference Freshman of the Year honors after ranking second on the team and seventh in the conference with 14.5 points per game... Led the league and ranked 29th nationally in three-pointers made at 2.93 per game... Also ranked second in the conference and 21st in the country, hitting 42.5 percent from the three-point arc... Also ranked 10th in field goal percentage at 46.1 percent on the year... Set a new Coastal freshman mark with 85 three-pointers made, ranking as the fifth best single-season mark in CCU history... Also broke the freshman scoring record at CCU with 420 points... Named Big South Freshman of the Week a record six times... His team-leading 81.1 percent from the free throw line ranked 10th on CCU's single-season chart... Scored in double figures in 22 contests, including 15 in league play, and 20 or more in eight games ... Also averaged 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals a game... Started his collegiate career with 16 points, including three three-pointers, in 24 minutes off the bench at Indiana State (Nov. 19)...Upped his average in conference games to 15.8 points a contest, including a then career-high 24 points in the Big South opener win over Winthrop (Jan. 5), the only regular-season loss for the eventual league champions... Tallied a career-best 25 points, including going 5-for-7 from the three-point arc, in the Big South Tournament game at Winthrop (Mar. 1)... Hit at least one three pointer in 28 games and knocked down three or more 19 times... Hit six three pointers at Hawai'i (Nov. 26), tying for the 10th best single-game effort at Coastal... Had a season-best seven rebounds and added 22 points at UNC Asheville (Feb. 18)... Had three blocks his freshman season, getting his first collegiate one at College of Charleston (Dec. 22)...
High School: A three-year letterwinner at McQuaid Jesuit, helping lead it to three consecutive City-Catholic League titles and a combined 68-9 mark ... Led the Knights in scoring his senior season with 25.5 points a game, while adding 4.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds, garnering the league's Player of the Year and All-Greater Rochester First Team honors... Earned a place in the Ronald McDonald and BCANY All-Star games after leading his team to the Class AA Sectional... Named to the Gonzaga DC Classic All-Tournament team after setting records for most three-pointers in a game (nine) and the tournament (18)... Helped the Knights to the Section 5 Class A state title and No. 7 national ranking from USA Today his junior year, earning All-Greater Rochester First Team accolades... Helped McQuaid Jesuit to the Beach Ball Classic title in 2002... Also was All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention after helping the Knights to a runner-up finish in the state as a sophomore... Earned an Academic Letter and was named to the Honor Roll during each of his four years...
Personal: Full name: John Richard Leasure... Son of Richard and Jeanne Leasure... Majoring in history.