LSU, Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette had players and a coach take top honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana men’s basketball team.
The team was selected by a panel of LSWA members based on information provided by the schools’ sports information directors. Media members could vote for any player on the list, while SIDs could not vote for players from their school.
UL-Monroe coach Keith Richard was tabbed coach of the year after guiding the Warhawks to a 14-win improvement. Richard, who was also named Sun Belt Conference coach of the year, led the Warhawks to 24 wins (third-most in program history) and a spot in the College Basketball Invitational final.
Jarell Martin of LSU was named player of the year after finishing third in the Southeastern Conference in both scoring (16.9 ppg) and rebounding (9.2 rpg). The sophomore forward finished with 15 double-doubles, including five in his final seven games of the season. Martin reached double figures in 28 games and was a consensus first-team All-SEC selection.
Jalyn Patterson of LSU and Bryce Washington of Louisiana-Lafayette were honored as co-freshmen of the year. Patterson moved into the LSU starting five for the final 11 games of the season. He finished the season averaging 6.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest.
Washington became a starter for the Ragin’ Cajuns in January. The New Orleans’ native averaged 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds and shot 52.2 percent from the floor. Washington reached double figures in scoring eight times and had at least seven rebounds in 13 games.
LSU guard Keith Hornsby was voted newcomer of the year after averaging 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Hornsby had 26 double-digit scoring efforts and averaged nearly 36 minutes per game, the second-most in the SEC.
LSU and Louisiana Tech tied with three players on the three selected five-man teams. McNeese State, Northwestern State and UL-Monroe each had two. The team was rounded out by Centenary, Tulane and UL-Lafayette players.
On the first team were Martin, Desharick Guidry of McNeese State, Shawn Long of UL-Lafayette, Jordan Mickey of LSU and Jalan West of Northwestern State.
Guidry averaged a double-double at 17.3 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per contest. His mark of 11.2 rebounds per game was the best in the Southland Conference and he finished the regular-season ranked seventh in the NCAA.
Long was the only player in the Sun Belt Conference to rank in the top five in both scoring (16.2 ppg) and rebounding (10.2).
Mickey led the nation in blocked shots at 3.64 blocks per game and he led the SEC in rebounding (9.9 rpg).
West was the nation’s leader in assists as he registered 7.7 assists per game and he ranked 19th in the NCAA in scoring at 19.6 points per game. The junior guard broke Northwestern State records in both assists in a season and assists in a career.
Name, School, Cl., Pos, Averages
Desharick Guidry, McNeese State, Sr., F, 17.3 ppg, 11.2 rpg
Shawn Long, UL-Lafayette, Jr., F-C, 16.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg
Jarell Martin, LSU, So., F, 16.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg
Jordan Mickey, LSU, So., F, 15.4 ppg, 9.9 rpg
Jalan West, Northwestern State, Jr., PG, 19.6 ppg, 7.7 apg
Player of the Year: Jarell Martin, LSU
Co-Freshmen of the Year: Jalyn Patterson, LSU and Bryce Washington, UL Lafayette
Newcomer of the Year: Keith Hornsby, LSU
Coach of the Year: Keith Richard, ULM
Name, School, Cl., P
Raheem Appleby, Louisiana Tech, Sr., G
Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech, Jr., G
Tylor Ongwae, UL-Monroe, Sr., F
Kenneth Smith, Louisiana Tech, Sr., G
Zeek Woodley, Northwestern St., So., G
Name, School, Cl., P
Louis Dabney, Tulane, Jr., G
Majok Deng, UL-Monroe, Jr., F
Kevin Hardy, McNeese State, Sr., G
Keith Hornsby, LSU, Jr., G
James Sapp, Centenary, So., F
Zay Jackson, Southeastern, Jr., G; Lyndale James, LSUS, Jr, F; Tim Quarterman, LSU, So., G; Adrian Rodgers, Southern, Jr., G; Morris Wright, Xavier, So., G.