It was almost all about New Orleans when it came to the major awards on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A All-State basketball teams.
Two players and one coach from the Big Easy garnered top honors on the teams selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.
De’Jon Jarreau of McDonogh 35 was voted the Outstanding Player on the boys team, while Ursuline sophomore Kourtney Weber got the same honor on the girls team. Ursuline’s Andrea Williams was selected as the girls Coach of the Year.
Jarreau, a University of Massachusetts signee, averaged 17.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. He shot 59 percent from the floor and led the Roneagles to the quarterfinals. He led the school to the semifinals as a junior.
Weber, a sophomore, was the catalyst for a young Ursuline team that won the 4A girls title. She averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
She saved one of her best performances for last, scoring a game-high 29 points in the 61-48 title game victory over Rayne. She was named Most Outstanding Player in that game.
Williams, in her fifth season at Ursuline, coached the Lions to a 27-5 record and the school’s first state title.
Albert Hartwell of Lake Charles-based Washington-Marion received the boys Coach of the Year honor. His team, with just two seniors, was the runner-up to Bossier.
Jarreau was one of two players from the New Orleans area to be named all-state. Vincent Phillips of Edna Karr was named to the second team. Phillips averaged 14.3 points and led Karr to the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Weber was one of three girls selected to the first time. She was joined by Cabrini’s Rakell Spencer and Karr’s Paige Williams.
Spencer, who has signed with Texas A&M, averaged 13.2 points before tearing her ACL near the end of the season.
Williams averaged 16 points for Karr, which lost to Ursuline in the semifinals.
Two other local players (Warren Easton’s Kechell Figueroa and Ursuline’s Brooklyn Mitchell) were named to the girls second team.
Both players averaged 15 points per game.
Karr senior guard Tyree Thompson, also a star baseball player, was named honorable mention.