BASKETBALL GUARD PIERRE LYS SIGNS WITH NAIA POWERHOUSE LINDSEY WILSON
Valhalla, NY) - During the 2017-18 men's basketball season, Westchester Community College sophomore Pierre Lys (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS) established himself as one of the top point guards in Region XV of the NJCAA, leading the Vikings to a season during which they were not outscored by an opponent over the course of 26 games. As a result of his incredible campaign in Valhalla, Lys will not take his game to a national stage. He signed a Letter of Intent to accept a full basketball scholarship, and continue his academic and athletic career at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky beginning this fall. Lindsey Wilson College is a household name among college basketball circles that established themselves as a national powerhouse program under legendary Head Coach Paul Peck, who retired in June after 16 years at the Blue Raider helm, winning 351 games. During the 2017-18 season, Lindsey Wilson won its first 18 games, and rose to as high as the #2 team in the NAIA, ultimately capturing the Mid-South Conference Championship, and advancing to the NAIA National Tournament. The Blue Raiders have found themselves among the best teams in the NAIA for several years, and advanced to the NAIA Semifinals in 2013. Recently, Lindsey Wilson hired Keith Adkins as the Head Coach after leading Life University to the NAIA Championship Game and Sweet-16 during two seasons at the helm. During his first season at Lindsey Wilson, Adkins will have the opportunity to coach Lys, who enjoyed a terrific season running the point at WCC. "I am very excited for Pierre. We asked an awful lot of him on both sides of the floor last season, and he came through. He is a high-energy kid with tremendous athleticism. He plays great defense, and has a scoring touch to go with his ability to run the point. I think Lindsey Wilson is going to be very excited to have Pierre. They are a program with very high standards for men's basketball, and I think they recruited a great all-around player and person in Pierre Lys," said Westchester Community College Head Men's Basketball Coach Sean Kelly. "We have a unique mission at the NJCAA level in that we are trying to compete for championships, while preparing our kids for their next college opportunity at the same time. I cannot think of anything more satisfying as an NJCAA Head Coach than to have a student-athlete perform at a high enough level to receive a full athletic scholarship to compete at a four-year school. Pierre is our second player from this year's team to accept a scholarship to a four-year school, with the hope that there will be more. I am thrilled for Pierre, and very proud of him. Pierre and Gabriel Cruz have proven that there are incredible opportunities for student-athletes who compete at Westchester Community College, and I hope we have only begun a tradition of sending our student-athletes to top-notch schools like Lindsey Wilson." Lys started 20 games for the Vikings last season, and appeared in all 26 games. He averaged 10.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He was among the WCC leaders in assists (117) and steals (67). He played some of his best basketball of the season against the very best Region XV teams, scoring a career-high 19 points during an 86-45 win over Sullivan Community College on Nov. 9, and broke double digits during five of the team's final six games of the season. He also had a 15-point, 10-assist double-double during an 89-74 win over the College of Mount Saint Vincent on February 15.
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