When Cory Lemons, a heady, 5’10” point guard, joined the Rebels in early June, the team was coming off back to back losses and looking for a spark in the backcourt. Lemons made an immediate impact, scoring 30 points, handing out 7 assists, and grabbing 5 rebounds in a victory against the Heartland Prowl on June 8th, earning the FBA Player of the Week in the process. In only his second game with the team, Lemons finished with a 26 point, 15 rebound, 13 assist performance that earned him his second straight league Player of the Week award. While the Rebels fell just shy of their goal of repeating as FBA champs, Lemons ended his rookie campaign with another triple-double, scoring 24 points and dishing out 15 assists while pulling down 11 rebounds in the biggest game of the year.
“Cory is a competitor that makes his teammates better each and every game; that is the most important skill for a point guard at any level in basketball,” Rebels Head Coach / GM Fernando Rojas stated. “He ran the offense with poise, putting the team in a position to win every night. He is a great guy, coachable and a positive influence in the locker room. We look forward to bigger and better things next season.”
An accomplished college player, Lemons played at Cabrini College in Pennsylvania, where he led the team to the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship game on his way to earning All-American honors. Despite his success at the college level, Lemons was still searching for an opportunity to play at the next level when the Rebels reached out to him, and he made the most of his opportunity. While playing 5 regular season games, the point guard averaged 23.8 points, 9 assists, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.8 steals per game. Lemons continued to make an impact in the playoffs, where he averaged 21.5 points, 10 assists, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, and 1 block per game, while shooting 45.7% from the field, including an impressive 63.6% from beyond the arc.
Along the way, Lemons became the first player in league history to earn 3 consecutive Player of the Week awards, as well as the first player to win 4 Player of the Week awards over the course of a season. He is the only player in league to finish in the top 2 of multiple categories, earning that distinction for points, assists, and steals, while finishing in the top 10 for rebounds.