Landry-Walker guard Lamont Berzat commits to UNO _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER --  Landry-Walker's Lamont Berzat (2) tries to drive past McDonogh 35's Erin Watson at Landry-Walker last season.

Landry-Walker junior Lamont Berzat has another year of high school basketball left after this season.

But that didn’t stop the 5-foot-6 Berzat from making his college choice known.

Berzat verbally committed to UNO on Sunday.

“Coach (Mark) Slessinger and I have built a good relationship since I first started playing basketball and training at UNO when I first started playing,” Berzat said. “We built a connection. He told me years ago that I was going to be something special, and he has been watching me since then.”

Berzat said he also has drawn interest from Northwestern State, Virginia Tech, New Mexico State and Vanderbilt.

Berzat started as a sophomore for Landry-Walker, helping the Charging Buccaneers win a second straight 4A title in the spring.

He joined his AAU teammate, Davontavean Martin, who also committed to UNO on Sunday.

“We talked about it and decided we were going to do it together,” Berzat said. “I know that at UNO I can build my own legacy there. I have two goals: Bring them to the national tournament and winning it.”

Allstate Sugar Bowl tourney

The field has been announced for the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s sixth annual National Prep Basketball Classic that begins Jan. 6 at the Alario Center for boys teams.

The girls tournament, which will be comprised of two brackets, begins Jan. 7.

The boys event features four defending LHSAA state champions: Scotlandville (5A), Landry-Walker (4A), University High (3A) and Riverside (Class 2A).

Westbury Christian, which won the Class 4A state championship in Texas last season, is also in the tournament. Tift County, the top-ranked team in Georgia, is also in it.

On the girls side, defending state champions Warren Easton (4A) and University High (3A) will be competing.

Holy Cross tournament

The Holy Cross Christmas Classic tips off Saturday.

There are 12 teams in the tournament that concludes Tuesday.

The teams in the tournament are Holy Cross, John Curtis, East St. John, East Jefferson, Sophie B. Wright, Northshore, John Ehret, Easton, East Ascension, Higgins, Riverside and St. Thomas (Texas).

Riverside beat Landry-Walker in the championship game of the Holy Cross tournament last season.