BASKETBALL

Huntington basketball player Devin Myers killed in shooting

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times
Huntington's Devin Myers dribbles against Landry-Myers   in a playoff game during the 2020-21 season.

Devin Myers will leave a big hole in the Huntington boys basketball lineup Friday when the Raiders host Beau Chene at 6:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the LHSAA Class 4A state playoffs.

Myers, 17, was fatally shot in the Queensborough neighborhood in Shreveport on Thursday by an unknown assailant. The junior was a starter on the basketball team.

“Devin was a great kid, a great basketball player, a great student,” Huntington principal Dr. Matt Mitchell said. “He had a bright future. It’s a terrible loss.”

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Myers was shot five times in the back, according to Shreveport police officers at the scene. The shooting happened in the 3500 block of Lillian Street just after noon, according to the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office. It was the 13th homicide in Shreveport in 2022. 

The Huntington girls  were playing in Hammond in the LHSAA Class 4A semifinals Thursday and players found out about an hour before the game, according to coach Brian Shyne. The team lost 58-54 to Warren Easton, but Shyne said that was academic.

“An hour before the game we found out one of our boys basketball players was murdered. And he’s kin to a lot of the girls on the team,” Shyne said in his postgame address. “For them to have the strength to go out there and play, I’m proud of them. It wasn’t about winning or losing, it was about going out there and playing for Devin.” 

Assistant coach Rickey Evans said the notification was devastating.

“It killed everybody’s spirit,” Evans said. “It’s very hard to play under those circumstances, but our kids got out there and competed.”

Myers played the majority of Tuesday’s 77-46 victory over Washington-Marion. He scored four points. 

Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at jwatson@shreveporttimes.com and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.