Athlete of the Week: Cameron Ayers '14

By Chris McCree

Sports Editor

 

Profile:

Cameron Ayers

Class: Sophomore

Position: Guard

Height/Weight: 6′ 5” / 203 lbs

Hometown: Blue Bell, Pa.

Major: Undeclared

 

Statistics:

Games: 3

Minutes/game: 30.4

Points/game: 13.3

Assists: 7

Rebounds: 9

3-pt. percentage: 61.5

 

After opening the season with two tough losses to Minnesota and Vanderbilt, the men’s basketball team has reeled off five straight victories behind the play of starting point guard Cameron Ayers ’14. During the TicketCity Legends Classic at Sojka Pavilion this past weekend, Ayers led the team to three wins and a tournament title. Over the three-game stretch, Ayers averaged a solid 13.3 points per game, including a career-high 20-point performance during the team’s 87-50 victory over West Alabama. His most significant contribution came during the team’s championship matchup against Morehead State, where he hit a tiebreaking three-pointer with just 1:47 left on the clock.

This season, Ayers has been given the difficult task of taking over the starting point guard role from Darryl Shazier ’11 and has performed well thus far. He leads the team in floor time and is just one of four Bison averaging 10 or more points per game. After a successful 2010-2011 season, ending in a Patriot League title and NCAA tournament berth, the Orange and Blue have high expectations this year and currently stand at 5-2 following this weekend’s three wins. The team faces a tough road in the coming weeks, including a big matchup at No. 4 Syracuse on Dec. 20, before it starts Patriot League play in January. As an emerging leader of the team, Ayers will play a crucial role in the team’s future successes and has complete faith in his team’s ability to win on the highest level.

“We can play with anyone in the country if we play within ourselves and do what we need to do to be successful,” Ayers said. “We have a really close group of guys that want to win and know how to win. We are a family that really wants to be successful.”

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