Name: A.J. Leahey
School: Penn Cambria
Athlete of the week achievement: In the Ron Davidson Roundball Classic, Leahey scored 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a first-round win over Penns Manor and added 25 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks in the championship game against Conemaugh Township. He was also selected as the tournament MVP for the second straight year.
Season update: Leahey averages 21.0 points per game and the Panthers are 2-0.
Coach Jim Ronan's quote: "For the last three or four years, he's been trying to be best player around and make the team the best around. His leadership is unbelievable. He doesn't like losing. He just knows how to play the game of basketball. You can't ask for a better player."
Favorite teacher: Mr. Whited
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite movie: "The Dark Knight Rises"
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite song: Anything by Tupac Shakur
Outside interests: AAU basketball, watching sports, and hanging out with friends
Favorite professional team: Dallas Mavericks
Favorite college team: Tennessee
Pro athlete most admired: Dirk Nowitzki
Best athlete I ever played with: Shade's Wade Walker
Best athlete I ever competed against: Penn State recruit Brandon Austin
Most influential person on my athletic career: My whole family
Proudest athletic achievement: Getting a full scholarship to Pitt-Johnstown and being named to the all-state team last season.
How I got my start in basketball: My mom and brother wanted me to play in fourth
Future goal: Win the Laurel Highlands, wins districts, and be successful in college basketball