UL's Johnson named LSWA state Newcomer of the Year

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

UL forward Jalen Johnson was named Newcomer of the Year when the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) released its annual college basketball all-state teams Tuesday.

Johnson, who sat out the 2018-19 season after transferring from St. Louis University, averaged a team-high 15.5 points and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per game this past season.

The product of Baton Rouge’s University Lab also was named to the second team LSWA all-state honor squad.

Johnson scored in double figures in 28 of UL’s 33 games, including 20-plus in nine games topped by his career-high 27 in a late-January win over UL Monroe.

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UL's Jalen Johnson, shown here in a Sun Belt Conference Tournament win over Arkansas State last month at the Cajundome, has been named LSWA state Newcomer of the Year.

UL freshman Mylik Wilson won honorable mention from the same organization’s statewide vote of media members and sports information directors.

Johnson will be a fifth-year senior next season for coach Bob Marlin’s Ragin’ Cajuns, who finished 14-19 in 2019-20 after bowing out of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament with an opening-round win over Arkansas State last month at the Cajundome followed by a second-round loss at Georgia Southern.

Named to the LSWA first team: Louisiana Tech senior guard DaQuan Bracey, Centenary senior guard Cedric Harris, McNeese senior forward Sha’Markus Kennedy, LSU senior guard Skylar Mays and New Orleans senior guard Bryson Robinson.

Mays was selected as LSWA Player of the Year after averaging 16.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, LSU’s Trendon Watford was picked as Freshman of the Year and Louisiana Tech’s Eric Konkol was honored as Coach of the Year.


Wilson was among 30 players named recently to CollegeInsider.com’s Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team.

He previously was named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year.

The Rayville High product averaged 11.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game, finishing as the only NCAA Division I freshman nationally to average at least 11.0 points, 5.0 boards, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals.

Wilson also became the 21st Division I freshman since 1992-93 to average at least 11/5/2/2, joining a list that includes current NBA players James Harden and Zion Williamson.

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Junior guard Cedric Russell won both the MVP award and the Beryl Shipley Leadership Award when UL announced its team awards late last week.

Russell, a product of Peabody Magnet High in Alexandria averaged 14.4 points per game.

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Johnson won Offensive Player of the Year and Rebounder of the Year honors, senior guard Mason Aucoin captured the club’s Academic Achievement award and Wilson was named Defensive Player of the Year.

The team’s annual awards banquet was canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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