BANNER ELK — It was another great year of hoops for the Lees-McRae men’s basketball program. The Bobcats broke last season’s school record in wins, finishing the year at 16-15 overall and had the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year.
Senior Austin Anderson was named as the men’s basketball player of the year last weekend.
This was the first time that the men’s basketball program at Lees-McRae has ever had a player of the year.
Anderson scored 17.5 points per game, good enough for third in Conference Carolinas and was fourth in the conference in steals, averaging almost two per contest.
During conference play, Anderson amped his game up even more, scoring just over 19 PPG while helping the Bobcats win a school record 12 Conference Carolinas games.
“I’m extremely happy for Austin. As I have said all year long, he was deserving of this player of the year award,” said Lees-McRae head coach Steve Hardin. “Austin changed our team from the inside out with his character, leadership ability, work ethic and on the court play.”
Anderson scored doubles figures in 24 of the team’s 28 games and scored at least 20 points in 11 different games. His season high came against Limestone in the first round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament when he dropped in 29 points in a tough 75-74 loss.
“He (Anderson) made everyone better. He was a blessing to coach as he taught the rest of the guys what needs to be done in order to be successful. Congrats to him and his great family for this award,” said Hardin.
Anderson was Lees-McRae’s only selection to the Conference Carolinas all-conference squad.
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