Bill Leahy (Northlake Christian Boys Basketball)

Bill Leahy will be making the move to Northlake Christian for his senior season.

There was major change on the boys prep basketball scene in St. Tammany Parish, as St. Paul’s player Bill Leahy IV announced he was transferring to Northlake Christian for his senior season (2019-20).

“I want nothing more than to play college basketball,” Leahy said. “That’s what I live for. After every year I was at St. Paul’s I'd sit down and re-evaluate where things stand. After my junior season I decided that if I wanted to play college basketball that Northlake Christian would be the best place to play as a senior.

“I like the style Northlake Christian plays on the court. It’s a ‘whatever you can do, do it’ kind of style. It’s laid back, and I like that. If you are good enough to have the ball in your hands, then you are going to have it in your hands. That’s what I like about it.”

As the leading scorer last season for the Wolves, the 6-0, 175-pound Leahy helped St. Paul’s return to the state playoffs a year after playing for the Division I state championship. St. Paul’s finished 17-18 last season.

Leahy said he has no apprehension about transferring for his final year of high school.

“I’m seeing this move (to Northlake Christian) as a step toward playing college basketball,” Leahy said. “That means I’m fine with dealing with any of the side effects. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s a reset for me, everything is going to new. I’m ready to have a productive and solid senior campaign.

“I’m now a year removed also from my hip surgery. That means this is the most important summer of my basketball career. I’m ready to grow with this team and getting better as an overall basketball player.”

Leahy’s impact at Northlake Christian is expected to be immediate as the Wolverines went 6-21 last season.

“Talent-wise is one thing,” Northlake Christian coach Matt McCune said of his new player. “(Leahy) has such a quick first step. He can shoot and handle the ball extremely well, which is something we need. He has an amazing ability to finish at the rim.

“But off the court, I’m equally excited about him being able to help mold our younger guys. We have a lot of talented younger guys, but as Bill prepares to play at the next level, to be able to watch him work on and off the court and after/before practice is great. To have a leader of your team that has championship experience, that’s just invaluable.

"He’s just a great-character kid, and I’m excited to have him. I envision him being our point guard, but we have guys around him where it isn’t going to have to be all on him. But most of our sets are going to be to get him the ball and give him the opportunity to go one-on-one and have opportunities to score.”

Leahy is expected to be immediately eligible.