Prep notebook: Scotlandville’s Ja’Vonte Smart invited to Under-16 USA Basketball training camp _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Scottlandville's Ja'Vonte Smart is congratulated by coach Carlos Sample as he is awarded the MVP in the Class 5A game against Natchitoches Central.

There already were plenty of postseason honors for Scotlandville High freshman Ja’Vonte Smart, a Class 5A all-state selection and the MVP of the 5A title game.

Add one more for the 6-foot-3 guard, who has been invited to attend the training camp for the Under-16 USA Basketball squad. The training camp will be held in Colorado Springs starting May 28. Those selected for the team will travel to Argentina for an international tournament that runs through mid-June.

Smart averaged 15.9 points to help the Hornets win their third 5A title in four years.

A 7-3A baseball showdown

Parkview Baptist (18-12, 7-2) hosts Brusly (22-7, 7-2) for a game that will decide the District 7-3A baseball title Thursday. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

“All we wanted was a chance, and we’ve given ourselves one,” PBS coach Darron Mitchell said.

Adam Tarver struck out seven and brought home the only run in the top of the first inning as the Eagles beat Brusly 1-0 on Tuesday night. Pryce Fletcher drew a walk, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Tarver’s infield chopper. Brusly pitcher Austin Reich struck out 12.

Brossette fund

Burial/memorial service plans for Mendel Esnault, the brother of LSU signee Nick Brossette of University High, have not been announced. Esnault died last weekend after suffering a seizure.

In the meantime, LSU has set up the Brossette Family Fund to help the family with basic living expenses. Esnault, a former Redemptorist standout, was the primary breadwinner for the family.

Brossette’s mother, Rita, is undergoing breast cancer treatment and is unable to work. Ensnault leaves behind two small children.

The fund was set up in accordance with NCAA guidelines. Meanwhile, U-High and The Dunham School, are working together to provide meals for the family in accordance with NCAA guidelines. Brossette’s younger brother attends Dunham.

“We’ve managed to get a lot done in a short period of time,” UHS Athletic Director Jill White said. “It had to be done right, and it had to following NCAA guidelines. I can’t say enough about LSU and Dunham. This is just so tragic.”

The link to the fund on explains that, under NCAA rules, LSU is permitted to accept financial gifts and manage an account to assist the Brossette family. Those interested in assisting Brossette and his family can make contributions to the Tiger Athletic Foundation by going to

The website also notes that all contributions of any kind must go through this fund, in accordance with NCAA rules. Financial contributions to this fund are not tax-deductible and not eligible for LSU Priority Points.

Grantham services

Visitation and services for longtime Tara High boys basketball coach Larry Grantham are set for Thursday and Friday at Greenoaks Funeral Home.

Grantham, who spent 36 years in coaching, died Monday after being hospitalized for several days.

He was 60.

Visitation is set for 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday.

Visitation resumes at 11 a.m. Friday until services begin at noon.

On the dotted line

U-High volleyball standout Lindsay Flory signed with LSU. A two-time All-Metro MVP, the 5-11 Flory is the daughter of LSU volleyball coach Fran Flory.

Former Southern Lab and Redemptorist basketball player J.R. Harris of Iowa-based Indian Hills Junior College signed with Texas-San Antonio. IHCC advanced to the junior-college national tournament during both seasons the 6-4 guard played there.