CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina's men's basketball squad had three players earn postseason honors from the Big South Conference, as announced by the league office today following a vote of the Big South's head coaches, sports information directors and selected media members. Junior guard Jack Leasure (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) and senior forward Moses Sonko (E. Greenwich, R.I./Classical) were honored as Second Team All-Big South, while guard Joshua Mack (Hopkinsville, Ky./University Heights) was honored as the league's Freshman of the Year. Leasure was also voted as the Big South Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season by the League's sports information directors.
Leasure earns postseason accolades from the league for the third straight season, having been the Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year last season and the Freshman of the Year in 2004-05. This season, he started in all 29 games for CCU, averaging 15.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest. He hit 90 three pointers and knocked down 38.5 percent (90-for-234) of his shots from beyond the arc, both ranking third in the conference. Leasure led Coastal in scoring in 12 contests, including scoring a season-high 28 points, with seven three-pointers, in the home win over VMI. He tallied double figures in 23 of 28 contests this year, including eight games of 20 points or more. This season, Leasure became the 14th Coastal player to pass the 1,000-point mark in his career, a total currently at 1,408. The junior also became CCU's all-time leader in three-pointers and just the third in Big South annals to hit 300 triples in his career, as he is at 300 heading into Tuesday's game. Leasure is also a two-time ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-District as presented by CoSIDA selection and on the national ballot for Academic All-American again this year.
Sonko earns his first All-Big South honor after posting career-bests of 15.4 points (ninth in the Big South) and 7.0 rebounds (sixth in the league) per game. He led the league in field goal percentage at 56.5 percent (183-for-324) and also ranked sixth in the Big South in free-throw percentage at 73.5 percent. The senior had a career-best eight double-doubles, led CCU in scoring 14 times and in rebounding in 11 contests. He tied a league record with 22 rebounds to go with 19 points in the home victory over VMI, Feb. 3. Sonko passed the 1,000 point and 500 rebound milestones during his senior season, just the 31st player in league history to accomplish the feat. He enters Tuesday's game with 1,153 points and 576 boards.
Coastal's fifth-ever Freshman of the Year winner, Mack led all freshman and ranked 19th in the league in scoring at 12.3 points per game. He is also fourth in the conference three-point percentage (.374), 12th in assists (3.14), 11th in steals (1.57), fifth in three-pointers per game (2.50) and 11th in assist/turnover ratio (1.26). In Conference Games, Mack averaged 13.1 points and was second in the League with a .854 free throw percentage (35-of-41). He also averaged 2.0 steals, 2.86 three-pointers per game and 3.0 assists against Big South foes. Mack started 25 of 28 games, scored a season-high 19 points in the win at VMI, including the late steal to set up the game-winning free throws, and had 13 points, including the game-winning layup as time expired, at Liberty. He scored in double figures in 20 games, including 10 of 13 League games.
The No. 4 seed Chanticleers open the 2007 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Championship, hosting No. 5 UNC Asheville, Tue., Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., in Kimbel Arena.