UNO’s St. Hilaire, LSU-Shreveport’s Thompson named Louisiana college basketball players of the month

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Derek St. Hillaire
(Photo: Shane Banegas)

LAFAYETTE – University of New Orleans guard Derek St. Hilaire and LSU-Shreveport’s DeAuja Thompson claimed the first statewide Men’s and Women’s Basketball honors of the 2021-22 season as the duo was honored on Wednesday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

The duo was honored after being nominated by their respective basketball sports information directors and selected by a statewide panel of SIDs and media members.

St. Hilaire, the LSWA Men’s Basketball Player of the Month for November, has been unstoppable to start the year for the Privateers, leading the Southland Conference and ranking 13th nationally in scoring at 21.6 points per game. The graduate student increased his consecutive string of scoring in double figures to 10 games dating back to last season and has scored 20-or-more points in seven of the Privateers’ last nine games.

He scored 21 in the season-opener at the against SEC opponent Ole Miss on Nov. 9 and added 27 at Big Ten opponent Northwestern on Nov. 16. He currently ranks first in the SLC in scoring, three-point field goals per game (2.43), field goals made (56) and field goals attempts (116) – fifth and seventh respectively in the nation in those last two categories.

Thompson was named the LSWA Women’s Basketball Player for the month of November after averaging 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 10 games for LSU-S.

Her performances during the early portion of the 2021-22 season include a 20-point performance in the Pilots’ season opener against Southeastern Baptist in which she shot over 80 percent from the field. She followed that performance up with a 14-point, 13 rebound double-double performance against Tougaloo College.

Thompson’s season-high in points came against Texas Wesleyan where she scored a team-leading 23 points on 48 percent shooting.

For more information on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, visit the official website at

2021-22 LWSA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
November – MBB: Derek St. Hilaire, New Orleans; WBB: DeAuja Thompson, LSU-Shreveport

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