|LeAndrew Bass - 4
BLAZER TRAILS: A Birmingham-area product, Bass has improved his scoring touch and has been one of the Blazers’ top assist men … he is a very athletic player with strong leaping ability ... ranks 10th in career assists at UAB with 275 and needs 16 to move into ninth place on the school charts, ahead of Oliver Robinson who tallied 290 from 1978 to 1982.
JUNIOR YEAR (1999-2000): Appeared in 27 of 28 games and made 25 starts for the Blazers ... scored in double figures in 10 contests and collected a career-best 21 points against Charlotte in the C-USA Tournament opener (Mar. 8) ... averaged 27 minutes per contest ... added career-best tying nine assists against Georgia Southern (Nov. 27) ... for the year he had a team-best 90 assists ... had best year shooting from the floor by hitting 46.6 percent of his shots ... started season by hitting 13 of 20 shots over the first two games against Auburn (Nov. 19) and Alabama A&M (Nov. 23) and averaging 15 points in those two contests ... collected 19 points at Saint Louis (Feb. 9) by converting 9-of-14 buckets ... had a string of hitting 11 straight free throws over a three-game string midway through the campaign.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (1998-99): Bass played in 29 games (with nine starts) … averaged 20 minutes as a sophomore … had a pair of double-figure scoring games … second on the team in assists (99) and fourth in steals (34) … played 34 minutes and handed out six assists vs. Saint Louis (Feb. 27) … played one of the best games of his UAB career at Southern Miss (Feb. 20) with 12 points, eight rebounds, and five assists … suffered a high ankle sprain (“syndesmosis”) in the first half of the Marquette game (Jan. 6), and sat out the Houston and DePaul games … returned to action at South Florida (Jan. 16), playing 12 strong minutes and handing out three assists … handed out a career-high nine assists vs. Texas-Arlington (Dec. 1) … sat out the Princeton game (Dec. 15) with a pulled groin muscle, but returned to action for the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic (Dec. 21-23) … played in all three games in Puerto Rico, averaging 3.3 points and 2.6 assists per game (he handed out 7 vs. Middle Tennessee) … had six assists in a very solid performance at Tulane (Dec. 30).
FRESHMAN YEAR (1997-98): Bass played many quality minutes down the stretch during the season … scored a season-high 17 points versus Cincinnati in the C-USA Championship semifinal (Mar. 6), going 6-8 from the field … averaged 10.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in the C-USA Championship (Mar. 5-6) … led the team with seven rebounds against Jackson State (Dec. 30) and set his career high with nine rebounds at Tulane (Feb. 14) … finished the 1997-98 season ranked second on the team in assists (2.5 per game) … had five assists in the win at Marquette (Jan. 7) … looked good in the Louisville game (Jan. 15), with three assists in 14 quality minutes … scored 14 points and was virtually unstoppable off the dribble at Memphis (Jan. 22) … averaged 6.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game on the Southern Miss/Tulane road swing (Feb. 12-14) … handed out five assists at Houston (Feb. 21) … looked great vs. Norfolk State (Feb. 23) with 11 points and a seson-high six assists.
HIGH SCHOOL: A standout point guard at Birmingham’s West End High School, Bass was part of the Lion teams that went 62-3 over his last two seasons (1995-97) and rampaged to consecutive Alabama 6A state championships … averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 10 assists, and four steals per game as a senior, en route to numerous postseason honors, including Metro Player of The Year (Birmingham Post-Herald) and Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Alabama … other honors include First Team All-State (as a junior and senior), #2 rating on “Super Seniors” (The Birmingham News), #4 rating on “Ten Most Wanted” and 1st Team Super All-Metro (Birmingham Post-Herald) … played for former UAB assistant coach Robert Scott until his senior season, then for current West End coach Reginald McGeary.
PERSONAL: Son of the Rev. Harold Bass and Phyllis Parker … major is communications management.