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Former Chanticleer Men's Basketball Standout Leasure To Play Professionally in Austria

       

Former Chanticleer Men's Basketball Standout Leasure To Play Professionally in Austria

CONWAY, S.C. – Former Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball standout Jack Leasure has signed a contract to play for Worthersee in the Austria Bundesliga A Division. Leasure will leave from the States to Austria Jan. 21.   Leasure set the Big South all-time record for three-pointers made with 411 in his career. He led Coastal Carolina and was fourth in the Big South with 16.8 points per game, as well as leading the League and ranking eighth nationally at 3.96 three-pointers a game his senior season. He also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 37.3 minutes. The eighth player in NCAA Division I history to post 400 three-pointers in a career, Leasure is fifth all-time in three-pointers made, and also ranks sixth in Big South scoring history (second at Coastal Carolina) with 1,893 points. He set a Coastal Carolina record in career minutes played and ranks in the top-10 in career assists, steals, games played and games started. During his career, Leasure started 111 consecutive games for the Chanticleers, and was a three-time Big South Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year -- the first player in League history to accomplish that feat. Leasure also was an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American in 2008, was named to the Dean’s List five times and President’s List four times, and received a $7,500 Postgraduate Scholarship from the NCAA this spring. He was named a Second-Team Academic All-American in 2007 and is only the second men’s basketball player in Big South history to receive the Academic All-America honor twice. On the court, Leasure was the 2006 Big South Player of the Year and 2005 Big South Freshman of the Year, in addition to earning Second-Team All-Conference honors in 2007.   Worthersee is 5-9 in the Bundesliga A Division, good for ninth place in the 12-team league. There are eight games left in the regular season for Worthersee, starting with a Jan. 22 game against UBSC Graz.   Leasure joins Pele Paelay, Moses Sonko and Clint Reed as Chanticleers currently playing professional basketball overseas.   Coastal Carolina (8-11, 2-5 Big South) hosts Winthrop Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m., in Kimbel Arena.