Roy Ebron, who stared in the 1970s at Louisiana-Lafayette, former UNO coach Tim Floyd and East Ascension High School coach Kenny Almond were the major honorees Saturday at the 40th annual Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches awards banquet.
Ebron, Floyd were inducted into the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Almond was named Mr. Basketball, given to someone who has made a significant, long-term contribution to basketball at any level in Louisiana.
Ebron played for what was then known as Southwestern Louisiana from 1970 to 1973. He was an honorable mention All-American in 1972 and a two-time first team All-Southland Conference selection. He averaged 19.3 points and 12.2 rebounds.
Floyd coached UNO from 1988 to 1994 with a 126-59 record. He was twice named conference coach of the year and Louisiana coach of the year. His teams made the NCAA tournament twice and NIT three times, advancing to the NIT quarterfinals in 1990.
During 38 seasons at East Ascension, Woodlawn, Lee and Central, Almond has an 876-388 record and earned three state championships along, four state runner-up finishes and 14 district championships. His career win total is seventh nationally among active high school coaches. He was a three-time state coach of the year, and his 2003 Woodlawn squad finished the season 39-0 and ranked sixth in the nation.
UL-Lafayette’s Elfrid Payton was named the major college player of the year. He was a mid-major All-American, first team All-Sun Belt Conference and All-Louisiana selection this season, averaging 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals.
Louisiana Tech coach Michael White was major college coach of the year, leading the Bulldogs (29-8) to the Conference USA regular-season championship and the quarterfinals of the NIT.
Atlanta Hawks’ Paul Millsap was named the Louisiana’s pro player of the year. A former Louisiana Tech star, he averaged 17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds and was selected for the NBA All-Star Game.
Centenary’s Jonathan Blount was named small college player of the year. He averaged 24.4 points and was a first team All-Louisiana selection and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference co-player of the year.
Xavier coach Dannton Jackson was small college coach of the year, guiding the Gold Rush (23-9) to a No. 12 final ranking, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championship and the NAIA national tournament.
Southern-Shreveport’s Mark Gray and coach David Francis were junior college player and coach of the year. Gray averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Francis led Southern-Shreveport (20-7) to the Miss-Lou Conference championship and the NJCAA Region 23 tournament.