Another year, another Morgan.
It appears the last name Morgan is becoming synonymous with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State basketball team.
John Curtis sophomore guard Kai Morgan kept the family tradition going and added his name to the list this season, earning first-team honors on the LSWA’s Class 3A All-State team.
The 6-foot-2 sophomore averaged 20.9 points per game this season and helped lead the Patriots to the championship game. He is the latest family member to be named to the LSWA all-state team.
His brother, Malik, who sat out this season at Tulane after starting his career at LSU, was named Player of the Year in Class 2A in 2012. His sister Kolby, who just completed her freshman season at Tulane, was 3A Player of the Year in 2014.
“Both are very good at what they do,” Curtis coach Mike Krajcer said when asked to compare the two brothers. “The only time you can compare them is after he graduates.”
Richard Durant, the other half of Curtis’ dynamic backcourt, was a second-team selection. The 5-foot-11 senior averaged 15.7 points per game.
Dynah Jones, a 5-foot-8 freshman at Curtis, was named second-team on the girls team. She averaged 14 points per game for the Patriots.
U-High’s Wayde Sims, who averaged 17.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, was selected as the Outstanding Player on the Ateam.
The 6-foot-6 junior, who was the MVP of the 3A title game after scoring 27 points and pulling down 14 rebounds, was part of a power trio from District 7-3A on the boys first team.
“I don’t think about individual honors,” Sims said. “My focus is on helping my team win and working to get better. I let those things (individual honors) take care of themselves.
“If they happen, they happen. This one is a really big one.”
St. Louis coach Rick LeBato was named the 3A boys Coach of the Year after guiding the Saints to their first Top 28 appearance since 1998. Runner-up Mansfield swept the top awards on the girls squad with senior guard Ashlyn Jacobs being named Outstanding Player and coach Kendra Neal being named Coach of the Year. Jacobs averaged 20.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists.