While watching Breaux Bridge High School take on St. Thomas More, Cecilia boys basketball coach Marty Lewis remarked, “Everyone is going to know that kid’s name soon.”
The kid Lewis was talking about is Galen Alexander.
Alexander, a 6-foot-5 sophomore was in the beginning stages of dropping 22 points on the Cougars in what turned out to be a loss.
But Alexander hasn’t been at a loss for in scoring, leading the Tigers for consecutive seasons.
Breaux Bridge coach Kevin BonHomme said Alexander is a special talent who has worked to improve his game.
“He led us in scoring last year, so this is really nothing new,” BonHomme said. “But his game has expanded, making him a more complete player.”
Alexander leads Breaux Bridge in points per game (17.8), rebounds (8.8) and blocks (2.1).
His points per game jumped from 11 last season, while converting a higher percentage of shots.
During his freshman season, Alexander primarily worked from the elbow or on the low block, using his 6-5 frame to battle inside.
But BonHomme said Alexander wasn’t a traditional banger, and he wanted to improve his ball handling and shooting so he could survive on the wing.
“Most of my improvement has been shooting the ball better,” Alexander said. “(I) wanted to become the best player I could be.”
The improved ball handling has helped Alexander get to the rim more effectively, where he’s drawn fouls and gotten to the free throw line.
Alexander has attempted 70 free throws in 12 games, about six attempts per game.
BonHomme said midway through his freshman season Alexander started calling him to set up extra training sessions on the weekends to improve the holes in his game.
The extra work is consistent with Alexander’s character, BonHomme said.
“He isn’t a verbal leader yet, but he leads by example, by his work ethic on the court,” BonHomme said.
The extra work has paid off, with the Tigers coming from behind to win in two of their three district wins, while only needing one more win in district to match their total from last season.
Without a senior on the varsity roster, Alexander’s quiet leadership has helped fill a void for the Tigers.
But Alexander said the team’s success is more important to him than any individual success he might have.
“Make the playoffs,” Alexander said. “That’s all I want.”