Asim Pleas has lived by his parents’ words of his wisdom his entire athletic career.
“Just to always work hard, because talent only takes you so far, they always used to tell me,” says Pleas. “And, it’s what you do when nobody is looking, the hard work you put in when nobody is looking, that’s what makes you great.”
That advice has carried him far. On the football field, Pleas rushed for over 1,000 yards his senior year. After an 0-10 season as a sophomore, Pleas helped lead his team to the playoffs in the years following. As a quarterback, he was 10-0 on his home field.
“Winning those 10 games in front of our home fans, they deserve it. After watching a couple bad years, they deserve to come out and watch just some genuine good football. It felt good to be a part of that.”
Pleas was a two-time All-Conference and All-County selection. His senior year, he was named 3rd team All-State. The three-year letterman was also invited to play in the North-South All-Star game in Canton.
But his successes don’t end there. The Pleas, also a 3-year letterman in basketball, is a member of the 1,000 point club. He averages 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists a game. He was named 1st team All-conference, and honorable mention All-State as a junior.
“This basketball season kind of came as a surprise. This year, I didn’t get a chance to work out as much as I wanted to because I put so much into football. So, this is just, my teammates helping me the whole way.”
Pleas is also quick to give credit to his teachers for his success in the classroom, where he has a 3.5 grade point average.
“School is not one thing that just came to me. I had to work hard to get that 3.5 gpa. It’s not something that’s easy for me. My teachers push me. School work is first. That’s what going to get you somewhere in life. So, I try to put that on the top of my agenda before sports.”
Liberty’s Asim Pleas, Our Student Athlete of the Week.