Dec. 10 -GREENVILLE, Pa. – After averaging a double-double in two wins last week that lifted the Bethany College men’s basketball team into first place in the PAC, junior Leslie Addy (Columbia, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) was selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Week for Dec. 10.
Addy, who averaged 12.5 points, 14 rebounds and four assists in the two victories, stepped up in a big way for the Bison in their opening game last week. With the team’s leading scorer and rebounder out due to illness, the 6-5 forward delivered his first career double-double with 13 points and 19 rebounds in a 75-62 win over visiting Geneva. The 19 boards were not only a career-high for Addy, but also the most by a Bison player since Joe Testa corralled 20 in a win over John Carroll in Jan. 2010.
On Saturday in Bethany’s clash with undefeated Thiel, Addy provided another top performance to key BC’s 64-43 victory. He just missed another double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, but also chipped in a career-high six assists, as the Bison handed the Tomcats their first loss of the year and took over sole possession of first place in the league.
Now in his second year as a starter for the Bison, Addy is off to the best start of his career. He is averaging 10.0 points, and ranks seventh in the PAC with 6.6 rebounds per game and sixth in the league with 2.3 steals a contest. Always a force around the basket, Addy has worked to add the three-point shot to his game and currently ranks ninth in the PAC in three-point percentage at 40.0 (10-25). In addition, his big assist game on Saturday boosted Addy to first in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.2).
“Leslie has really improved over the years and made a huge commitment to the weight room this summer,” said Bison head coach Andrew Sachs. “With the loss of British (Alexander) from last year, he has had to pick up the slack in rebounding and other little things and he’s done that. He is also shooting the ball much better, ranking in the top 10 in the conference in three-point shooting, and plays with a ton of energy, which rubs off on everybody. This is a well deserved honor for Leslie because of the hard work he has put in since coming here.”
A pre-physical therapy major, Leslie is the son of Samilia and Benjamin Addy of Columbia, Md.