Coastal Carolina University
Leasure has been the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball the last two years in the Big South Conference, as well as becoming a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American last year, the first in men’s basketball at Coastal Carolina. He carries a 3.89 grade point average in history.
Leasure plays the game with heart and class, never drawing a technical foul. After struggling in the 2006 Big South Conference championship game that CCU lost on a last second shot, Leasure still believed it was his duty to do interviews with the press and did so with class and dignity. A student of the game, he has a work ethic that is beyond compare at CCU. Win or lose, he has always handled himself and represented Coastal Carolina with the utmost dignity and class.
Leasure works various camps in the community, as well as in his hometown of Rochester, New York. He gives of his time to children’s organizations and schools with basketball clinics as well as Stay In School campaigns.
A three-year starter for the Chanticleers, Leasure has broken numerous three-point records in CCU history (single game, single-season and career), as well as entering the season ranking seventh in all-time scoring with 1,429 points. He has led CCU to two straight .500 or better seasons for the first time in 13 years as well as a berth in the Big South Conference Tournament championship game in 2006. He was the Big South Conference Player of the Year and first-team selection in 2006 (17.8 ppg), avsecond-team honoree in 2007 and the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2005. He led the Big South and was second in Division I with 4.17 three-pointers per game (125 total) and finished 25th nationally in three-point field goal percentage at 41.9 percent in 2006.