Student-Athlete of the Week: Syracuse Academy of Science’s Andre Pasha

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR) — Andre Pasha is a senior on the Syracuse Academy of Science boy’s basketball team, and playing for the Atoms for the past three years has been extraordinary. This season, he is averaging just over 24 points a game.

“I already knew it was going to happen. I’ve been working really hard to just play at the rate I’m playing. I’m doing great with my coaches, my teammates. We’ve got great chemistry. I love my coaches to death,” Pasha said.

For him, the offseason work is what made the difference in his game.

“Just my dribbling mainly. I can bring the ball up now, and my coach trusts me with it. So in-game, I would say my post work. My coach trusts me with the ball to make the right decision,” said Pasha.

As a senior, Andre has grown into his role on the team and has become a leader for his team and the underclassmen.

“I mean, Andre fills kind of all roles for us. He can be a jokester on the team. He’s a leader for us on the team. He can be quiet, but at the same time, he’s the one that speaks up when we need to. So, I mean, he’s an all-around leader, but he fills a lot of roles,” said head coach Matt Purcell.

And for him.

“It means everything. I love these guys. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. And my coaches too, Reggie, Coach Matt, Coach Steve, Coach Jalil. It really means the world,” Pasha said.

While the team is still trying to find its footing this season, Andre knows he has to be there to lift his teammates up.

“Probably just staying locked in, me and my teammates. So we really just try to lock in before the game day, even in practice. We play music to get our minds right,” said Pasha.

Congratulations, Andre! You are the Byrne Dairy and Deli NewsChannel 9 Student-Athlete of the Week.

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