Check out the Acadiana area All-Metro Boys Basketball team: Kalob LeDoux selected Outstanding Player; New Iberia’s Todd Russ named Coach of the Year _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Lafayette Christian Academy basketball player Kalob LeDoux is pictured Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the school in Lafayette, La.

Outstanding Player

Kalob LeDoux

Lafayette Christian


This sweet-shooting southpaw was a force to be reckoned with, no matter what level of opponent he was playing against. He scored 27 points against Class 4A power St. Thomas More and 29 against a University High team that won the Class 3A state title. LeDoux, who will play at McNeese State next season with his twin brother, Jacob, averaged 21 points per game as the Knights rolled to a 31-4 record. He was spectacular from beyond the arc, knocking down nearly 100 3-pointers with his silky left-handed stroke. When LeDoux took it inside, he was even better, dropping 64 percent of his shots from 2-point range. The season didn’t end the way he and many others thought it would, as the Knights were held to a season-low 47 points in a state semifinal loss to eventual champion Arcadia. But he was still named the state’s Class 1A Outstanding Player, and he was an easy selection as the most outstanding player in the Acadiana area this season.

Ferontay Banks, Comeaux

Banks was just a sophomore, but he didn’t show his youth. He scored 15.7 points while adding more than four assists and four rebounds per game on his way to first-team District 3-5A honors for his 23-win Spartans team.

Chamaje Barideaux, New Iberia

Barideaux, a junior guard, was the key force driving the Yellow Jackets dramatic turnaround from the year before. He led New Iberia to an 11-2 district record, scoring nearly 16 points per game while shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc. He was District 3-5A’s MVP.

DeVante Benjamin, St. Thomas More

Benjamin scored 16 points per game while also snaring nearly seven rebounds per game on his way to first team District 4-4A honors. He was at his best in the clutch, scoring 25 and 28 points in a pair of games against Northside to close the regular season and clinch a district title.

D’andre Dudley, Carencro

The Bears’ four-year starter scored 14.3 points per game on his way to first-team District 4-4A honors.

Brandon Ellis, Northside

Ellis scored 12 points per game and earned first-team District 4-4A honors while manning the point for a Northside team that won 23 games last season.

Taylon Grogan, Patterson

Grogan earned District 8-3A MVP and second-team all state honors after scoring 16.3 points and grabbing 5.2 rebounds per game. He led the Lumberjacks to an undefeated district campaign.

Myles Hutchinson, Acadiana

How important was Hutchinson? The Wreckin’ Rams lost five of their first six games while Hutichinson was still working as the football team’s quarterback. He scored 14.6 points and added four assists per game after his return, earning first-team District 3-5A recognition.

Terrell Lewis, Opelousas

Lewis scored 17 points per game to lead a surprising Opelousas team, including 23 points in the Tigers’ upset of No. 7 seed Tioga in the first round of the 4A playoffs. He also cracked the 1,000-point mark in his career this season.

Ignatius Patt, Breaux Bridge

There’s not a shot on the court that doesn’t look good to Patt, who scored his 18 points per game from just about everywhere. The District 5-4A MVP was also an honorable mention all-state player.

Darius Randell, Northside

In a loaded District 4-4A, Randell was the MVP, which should be all the credential he needs. He did it all for the Vikings, scoring 17 points per game while also accounting for three steals per game. Randell’s best performance might’ve come against Carencro, when he scored 30 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter.

Jeremy Touchet, Catholic-NI

Touchet was named the District 6-2A MVP and an honorable mention 2A all-state player after scoring 15 points per game for the Panthers this season.

Greg Williams, Lafayette Christian

Williams didn’t have to be a prolific scorer (11.3 points per game). His value stood out everywhere else. He led the Knights in free throw shooting (84 percent) and rebounds (7.2), blocks (1.9) and steals (2.5) per game. He was a first team District 7-1A and second-team 1A all-state honoree.

Kevin Williams, Eunice

Eunice hadn’t had more than 10 wins in a season since 2007, but Williams led them to a breakout 21-win campaign, scoring 16 points and handing out four assists per game. He was named the District 5-3A MVP and led the Bobcats to their first district title in nearly two decades.

Coach of the Year

Todd Russ

New Iberia

The Yellow Jackets were a .500 team last year, but behind Russ’ direction they surged to 24 wins this season. Eleven of those wins came in district play, making NISH a champion in a district that finished with three 20-win teams. It was the most wins by New Iberia in at least a decade, and it marked a very quick return to prominence after a down year in 2014-15.