BOYS-BASKETBALL

Meet the Rapides Parish, Alexandria area boys basketball Super Six entering district play

LaMar Gafford
Alexandria Town Talk

Here are 12 boys basketball players from Central Louisiana to watch entering district play of the 2021-22 season. The first six are the Rapides Super Six, a collection of the top talent in the Rapides Parish. The second six are the best from the Alexandria area not in that parish.

RAPIDES SUPER SIX

Noah Jonker

ASH, Sr., 6-5

Already a good shooter, Jonker has become more efficient while increasing his scoring from 7.8 points to a team-high 14.7 on 54.9% shooting from the field and 41.1% from 3-point range. A 26-point game Dec. 28 against Northwood was highlighted by Jonker making 11 of 13 shots.

Omarion Layssard

Northwood, Jr., 6-1

Not only is Layssard’s athleticism through the roof, but he has grown as a scorer in coach Brian Terwilliger’s offense — averaging 20.1 points this season. Layssard has topped 30 points twice, including a 36-point game Dec. 3 against Marksville where he was a rebound shy of a double-double.

Peabody's Markell McClain (15, right) guards a Tioga player during a district game last season.

Markell McClain

Peabody, Sr., 6-2

There is one word that can describe McClain’s game – consistent. Averaging 17 points and 6.6 rebounds this season, McClain has been a steady hand for the Warhorses and has only shot worse than 40 percent in a game once this season — a 38.5 percent effort against Comeaux on Dec. 10.

Northwood's Randarius Morris (24) dribbles the ball against White Castle during the 2021 Class 1A semifinals at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.

Randarius Morris

Northwood, Jr., 6-4

Praised for his high motor around the rim, Morris is another member of the Gator junior class that has them thinking about a return to Lake Charles for the LHSAA boys Marsh Madness tournament. Morris opened the season with 10 double-doubles in his first 12 games — leading to averages of 15.2 points and 13.3 rebounds.

Menard point guard Daylen Turner (5) guards Captain Shreve's Christian Ford (20) during the 2020 Hixson Auto Invitational at Alexandria Senior High.

Daylen Turner

Menard, Sr., 6-0

The Eagles are still trying get things going with new coach Trey Touchet, but Turner continues to be a veteran presence at point guard. Turner is scoring slightly more this season with a team-leading 12.8 points per game, but he continues to be a tough defender by averaging 1.6 steals.

Peabody's Braiden Wagner (1) tries to steal the ball against Tioga last season.

Braiden Wagner

Peabody, Sr., 6-2

Wagner is not shy as a shooter, but anytime you make 10 3-pointers in a game like he did against Houma Christian to open the season, there is a reason why he has the green light for the Warhorses. Not only is Wagner one of the area’s best scorers with 20.1 points per game, but he is a good rebounder for his size — consistently getting around four rebounds each game.

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AREA SUPER SIX

Mixon Bankston

St. Mary, So., 5-8

Bankston is one of the top point guards in District 3-1A and he has opened the season with 14.5 points and 7.6 assists for a Tiger team trying to find its footing this season. With St. Mary’s sitting at No. 10 in Division IV, a strong district showing by Bankston and his team should be enough to give them a first round home playoff game.

Jawarren Cade

Many, Sr., 6-1

Cade is in midseason form after scoring 25 points against Leesville Monday. A combo guard at 6-foot-1, Cade averaged 19 points, five rebounds and five assists, while showing he can score and distribute.

Natchitoches Central's Dalyn Davis (11) goes up for a shot against Bossier during the 2021 Rapides Regional Invitational.

Dalyn Davis

Natchitoches Central, Sr., 6-1

The Chiefs lost three seniors, including 2021 All-Cenla MVP Darius Young, but that has opened a spot for Davis becoming their go-to guy — as he as averaged 20.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in his last four games. Not bad for a guy that was the fourth option last year and averaged eight points and three rebounds for a Natchitoches Central team the made the Class 5A finals.

Lakeview's Javonte Howard (1) looks for an open teammate during the 2021 Class 2A semifinals.

Javonte Howard

Lakeview, Sr., 5-9

It is no secret that the Gators love to play up-tempo with their bevy of guards and Howard leads that pace. Last season, Howard scored 15.3 points per game, but even more impressive is him being second for Lakeview in rebounds with 5.6 per game.

Hornbeck's Jaren Mitcham (3) soars into the lane for two of his 39 points as he guided the Hornets to a 59-52 district win over the Hicks Pirates last season.

Jaren Mitcham

Hornbeck, Sr., 6-0

Mitcham averaged 20 points last season and he held his own against stiff competition recently — averaging 20.7 points against Class 4A foes North DeSoto, Minden and Northwood-Shreveport.

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Leon Posey IV

Oakdale, Sr., 6-1

The reigning District 5-2A MVP, Posey is the primary scorer for the Warriors’ fast-paced offense — averaging 21.3 points and 10 rebounds last season.