SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo men’s basketball junior Jordan Prais has joined an elite fraternity of former Lions as he entered into the 1,000-point club in the Lions’ last contest against the University of Alaska before Christmas. Prais marks the first Lion since Scott Seifert during the 2005-06 season to reach quadruple digits in their career, and it only took him two-and-a-half years to get there.
Currently leading the Lions in scoring, averaging a tick under 18 points a game, the Lakeland, Florida native sits at exactly 1,000 points with his golden point coming in Fairbanks, Alaska on the front-end of a pair of free-throws with 5:05 remaining in the Lions' 97-81 loss to the Alaska Nanooks.
Prais has seen his name at the top of the Lions’ scoring sheet ever since he first wore the Green & Gold during the 2006-07 season. During his freshman campaign he averaged 11.7 points per game and totaled 315 points. That performance earned him the Sunshine State Conference’s Freshman of the Year.
There was no sophomore slump for Prais as he followed up his first year with another team-leading performance. In 2007-08 he averaged 16.2 points per game while scoring a total of 470 points during the season and he was named to the All-SSC Second-Team.
So far this season he has been named the Conference Player of the Week and is averaging 17.9 points per game, almost five points higher than his nearest teammate. He has already scored 215 points in 2008 and the Lions have not yet reached conference play.
Prais, now in the top-20 all-time in scoring for Saint Leo, will finally return to play on the Bowman Center floor on Saturday, January 3, 2009. The first home Sunshine State Conference contest of the season against Rollins College will also be the Lions’ first home game in almost a month. Saint Leo will honor Prais prior to the scheduled 4:00 p.m. tip-off against the Tars.