Former Louisiana prep standouts making names for themselves on the major college hardwood
For those still engrossed in the football season, I’m here to inform you that the college roundball campaign tipped off this week.
There are quite a few Louisiana products who play an integral part of some of the upper echelon programs around the nation. Here’s a sampling:
Brison Gresham (Houston) Jr. 6’8-226
He prepped at McDonogh 35 as the No. 7 rated player in the state during the 2016-’17 season. Initially played with UMass. Transferred to UH where he blocked 5 shots against Oregon last season.
DeJon Jarreau (Houston) Jr. 6’5-195
Also from McDonogh 35, he was the 12th ranked player in Louisiana during 2016-’17 season and also began his college journey at UMass before transferring with Gresham to Houston. Shot 47% from field last season. Started 25 games as freshman at UMass where he averaged 9.8 points and 4.5 assists.
Malik Crowfield (VCU) Sr. 6’4-190
A product of Riverside Academy where he was class 2A Player of the Year in 2014-’15, he averaged 17.5 points and 11.3 rebounds for coach Timmy Byrd. He’s a vastly improved, gifted shooter.
Jared Butler (Baylor) Soph. 6’3-185
Another Riverside Academy alum where he was twice All State and helped the Rebels capture three state titles averaging 20.4 points, 6.7 assists, he has solidified himself with the nationally-ranked Bears. He dropped 31 points on Kansas last March.
Mark Vital (Baylor) Jr. 6’5-230
A swingman out of Washington-Marion in Lake Charles, he averaged 7.2 points and 7.2 rebounds for Bears last season. Hade 34 starts in his first two seasons with 18 as a freshman. Powerful on the boards.
Josh LeBlanc (Georgetown) Soph. 6’7-230
A Madison Prep product who won four consecutive state titles, averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. In 22 starts as freshman for the Hoyas, he averaged 9.1 points and 7.3 rebounds. Had 22 point effort against Howard.
Galen Alexander (Georgetown) Jr. 6’6-227
A transfer from Jones (Miss.), he began his college career at LSU but was dismissed from squad. The Lafayette Christian product averaged 17.7 points and 8.7 boards while shooting 53.4% at Jones.
Greg Williams (St. John’s) Soph. 6’3-205
Another Lafayette Christian Academy alum who played in 28 games as a freshman.
Damien Sears (St. John’s) Jr. 6’7-230
At Haughton, he played football and basketball. He spent two seasons at Jacksonville before heading to Queens.
Harrison Prieto (Florida State) Jr. 6’8-230
At St. Paul’s, he led the Wolves to a 31-2 mark in his senior campaign with 31 consecutive wins. Completed career with 1.178 points, 736 rebounds and 206 blocks. Graduated with 4.36 GPA.
Tyrece Radford (Va. Tech) Fr. 6’2-195
McKinley standout averaged 22 points, six rebounds and four assists as a senior.
Hunt Conroy (Minnesota) Jr. 5’10-170
Jesuit product and son of Minnesota assistant coach Ed Conroy (ex-Tulane head coach) played basketball and baseball for Jays.
Adrio Bailey (Arkansas) Sr. 6’6-217
A product of Lakeview High in Clarence, he averaged 15 points and 10 boards. In 26 starts for the Hogs last season, he averaged 5.6 points and three rebounds, adding 25 blocks and 25 steals.
Josh Anderson (Western Kentucky) Jr. 6’6-195
He helped Madison Prep capture three state titles. He has averaged 12.1 points, 4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals for the Hilltoppers.
Hunter Dean (Southern Miss) Fr. 6’10-232
A District MVP at Lakeshore, he was All State with 20 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks per outing. Also excelled as a swimmer and in baseball as a Division I talent on the mound.
The Louisiana in-state crew…
Javonte Smart (LSU) Soph. 6’4-205
The Scotlandville product finished prep career with 3,306 points. He notched 29 points against Tennessee last season in 44 minutes in a huge game that helped the Tigers win the SEC. He averaged 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals.
Skyler Mays (LSU) Sr. 6’4-205
Has averaged 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists for Tigers. The former UHigh standout had 24 points vs. Missouri and 23 against Tennessee last season.
Kaleb LeDoux (La. Tech) Jr. 6’4-198
The lefty sharpshooter out of Lafayette Christian Academy (where he averaged 23.5 points per game) also excelled in high jump, long jump and triple jump as a prepster. He began his career at McNeese where he averaged 17 points on 44% from behind arc.
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…