Xavier(LA) Head Basketball Coach A.J Williams Talks About Recruiting Louisiana Kids, His Coaching Success Thus Far, & More
Alfred Williams is coming off of his fourth season as Xavier’s head coach where his team finished with a 27-6 overall record & a regular season GCAC conference championship. He was also named the 2019-2020 GCAC conference coach of the year.
Williams has had a winning record three of the four seasons he’s been the head coach with a 79-49 overall record.
The 36-year old Williams did a zoom interview with G-Sportz about his success the last four years as head coach, & the future of the program.
UL Cajun Football Signee Kyren Lacy: Discusses Adversity He Went Through, His Future, & Giving Up Basketball
Lacy was ranked as the second-best receiver in the state of Louisiana by 247Sports.com for the 2020 class. He ended his senior season, tallying 54 receptions for 864 yards along with 18 touchdowns. Earned a First Team All-District & all-state honorable mention in 5A.
The Thibodaux High standout was also a highly regarded high school basketball player as well. He finished his senior year averaging 23.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
The 6-foot-2, 215 pound prospect held offers from some big time program like Miami, Virginia, Houston, Mississippi St, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, & a host of others.
The UL Cajun football signee took the time out & did a zoom interview with G-Sportz discussing why he chose UL, giving up basketball, adversity he went through & much more.
The 6-foot-4, 280 pound left tackle announced via twitter Friday that he was committing to Louisiana Tech. He played a vital role into Edna Karr’s high powered offense last season protecting starting quarterback Leonard Kelly’s blindside, which averaged 38 points per game.
Bannister is a 3-star prospect & currently holds 19 offers from schools like Mississippi St, Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona St, Colorado, Texas Tech, & many more.
What Led Bannister To Louisiana Tech???
"It meant a lot to me when Coach Brock Hays offered me first,” Bannister said. “We instantly clicked & built a relationship. The whole entire staff recruited me hard & that showed me a lot. Coach Mac(McFarland) really took the time to show me how they plan to use me & how he’ll develop me over my next three to four years.”
Why Louisiana Tech Over Power 5 Programs??
"Most schools only talk to you about football,” Bannister said. “A lot of kids get caught up with facilities, uniforms, the conference, & stuff like that. Don’t get me wrong that plays a part but it’s not everything. I plan to major in mechanical engineering & Louisiana Tech is one of the best schools in the country for my major. I just feel like this was the best place for me to be successful on & off the field.”
Life After Football??
"My dream is start a business when I’m done with football & open up my own mechanic shop,” Bannister said. “I’m really into cars & fixing them. Most kids don’t know what they want to do with their life other than football, but I have a plan & Louisiana Tech is going to help me with that.”
LSU Basketball Signee Jalen Cook: Discusses His Future At LSU, Steph Curry Camp, Under Armour Circuit, & More
Walker High School’s Jalen Cook helped his team win a Class 5A title as a sophomore and then enjoyed a breakout junior year where he won Gatorade Player of the Year. He averaged 29.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.8 steals for a Wildcats team that finished as the Class 5A runner-up after falling to Thibodaux High.
This past season Cook went over 3,000 points for his career & averaged over 30 ppg.
He’s ranked the No. 2 prospect in Louisiana for 2020 behind point guard and Virginia signee Reece Beekman of Scotlandville.
The LSU signee took the time out & did a zoom interview with G-Sportz discussing why he chose LSU, his experience playing on the Under Armour circuit, & much more
Maason Smith: The #1 DT In The Country For 2021 Discusses Recruiting, Life After Football, & Much More
The 6-foot-5, 316 pound Terrebonne prospect currently holds 30 plus offers but on October 13 Smith dropped his top 10 schools that included LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi St, Texas A&M, Texas, Miami, Vanderbilt, & Virginia.
Smith is currently ranked the No. 1 DT in the country & No. 6 overall for the 2021 class according to Rivals.com. He finished his junior campaign with 10 sacks, 24 TFLs, & 82 tackles.
On February 13, Smith committed to play in the Adidas All-American bowl in San Antonio January 9.
The 5-star prospect took the time out & did a zoom interview with G-Sportz discussing many of his accomplishments, his recruiting process, & much more.
Austin Claunch joined the Nicholls basketball program in June 2016 as an assistant under Richie Riley and was named the head coach on March 29, 2018. He was also the youngest head basketball coach in the country at the age of 28.
The second year head coach has had stops at George Mason(2012-2013 & Clemson(2013-2016) as an assistant coach.
In Claunch’s first year as head coach his team went 14-17 overall & 7-11 in conference. His second year the team improved to 21-10 overall & 15-5 in conference along with finishing second in the Southland Conference.
Claunch did a zoom interview with G-Sportz discussing the direction of the Nicholls State program & some of his expectations going forward.
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