April 8, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech freshman Raheem Appleby was named to the men's basketball all-state second team by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Appleby lead the Bulldogs in scoring (13.9 ppg), as his 446 points were the fifth most scored by a freshman in program history. He pace the team in made field goals (173) and three-point field goal percentage (40.0 percent). His three-point percentage set a program record by a freshman.
Five games this year Appleby surpassed the 20-point barrier including three straight contests in mid-December. He scored a career-high 30 points at New Mexico State on Feb. 4 as he played the entire game.
Head coach Michael White and Appleby both finished second in the voting for Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively.
McNeese State University standout Patrick Richard was selected as the Louisiana Men's Basketball Player of the Year as he led the Southland Conference in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per game and grabbing 6.4 rebounds.
First-year head coach Roman Banks of Southern was named the Coach of the Year after guiding the Jaguars to a 17-14 season and a second-place finish in the Southwestern Athletic Conference after taking over a team that was picked to finish 10th in the league's preseason poll.
LSU's Justin Hamilton was selected as the state's Newcomer of the Year after averaging 12.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and helping lead the Tigers to the postseason for the first time since 2009. Ricky Tarrant of Tulane was chosen as the Freshman of the Year, putting up 14.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest and scoring in double figures in 15 of the Green Waves' 16 league games.
Richard, Hamilton and Tarrant were joined on the first team by Northwestern State's William Mosley (11.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 4.1 bpg) and Quincy Roberts of Grambling (23.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
LSU freshman Anthony Hickey (8.9 ppg, 3.8 assists) paced the third-team and was joined by Nicholls State's Trevon Lewis (12.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Lovell Cook of UNO (14.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Roosevelt Johnson of Southeastern Louisiana (11.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg) and Tulane's Josh Davis (11.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg).
Picking up honorable mention honors were Southern's Quinton Doggett, Greg Shyne of LSU-Shreveport, Shamir Davis of Northwestern State, Loyola's Robert Lovaglio and Andre Stringer of LSU.
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