JaKeenan Gant signs with NBA’s Indiana Pacers

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Two-time Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year heading to Pacers

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball alum JaKeenan Gant took another step towards the National Basketball Association on Friday when he inked a free-agent deal with the Indiana Pacers.

Gant, who played at Louisiana from 2017-19, earned a slew of honors during his Ragin’ Cajuns career that included being a two-time Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, plus the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team and named to the Lou Henson Award Watch List.

The Springfield, Ga., native participated in the Portsmouth Invitational in April and worked out for seven NBA teams before signing with the Pacers, who finished 48-34 last season and was the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

During the 2018-19 season, Gant averaged 20.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game while leading Louisiana to a 19-win season. Gant ranked third in the Sun Belt Conference in scoring, second in field goal percentage and finished as the SBC leader in rebounds, blocked shots and double-doubles (13).

Gant finished the 2018-19 season as the only Division I player to average 20 points, eight rebounds and 2.6 blocks on the season. He scored in double figures in 27 games with 15 games of 20-plus points, including a career-high 45 points against Little Rock on Jan. 3, tying Dwight “Bo” Lamar for the 11th-best scoring performance in school history.

PACERS 2019 SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Saturday, July 6: Pacers vs. Memphis | 7:00 PM ET | NBA TV | Cox Pavilion
Monday, July 8: Pacers vs. Detroit | 5:00 PM ET | ESPNU | Cox Pavilion
Tuesday, July 9: Pacers vs. Atlanta | 5:30 PM ET | NBA TV | Thomas & Mack Center
Thursday, July 11: Pacers vs. Toronto | 6:00 PM ET | NBA TV | Cox Pavilion
Friday, July 12 – Saturday, July 13: Consolation Games
Saturday, July 13 – Monday, July 15: Tournament Play

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS UNDERWAY
Season ticket renewals for Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Men’s Basketball are currently underway for the 2019-20 season.

Season ticket prices have been set for the 2019-20 season with seats beginning at $100. Fans who were season ticket holders last season may renew their seat locations online at RaginCajuns.com using Account Manager, or by calling the Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at (337) 265-2170. The season ticket renewal deadline is Friday, July 12.

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