@LATechHoops Legend Paul Millsap Receives Bob Pettit Award
April 16, 2015
RUSTON - For the fifth straight year and the seventh time in the past eight years, former Louisiana Tech basketball great Paul Millsap has been chosen as the recipient of the Bob Pettit Award for 2015 by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC).
The award is given annually to the most outstanding professional basketball player from a Louisiana college.
Millsap was named an NBA All-Star for the second straight year and recently earned third team All-NBA after leading the Atlanta Hawks to a franchise-record 60 wins, a Southeast Division championship and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
He led the Hawks in scoring and rebounding with an average of 16.7 and 7.8 per game, respectively, in the regular season and will be relied upon heavily in the playoffs which start on Sunday, April 19 against the eighth-seeded Brooklyn Nets.
As a Bulldog, Millsap was a three-time All-WAC selection and became the first player to ever lead the NCAA in rebounding three consecutive years.
Since 1980, the `Dogs have had more players chosen as the Louisiana professional Player of the Year than any other college in the state - Millsap, Karl Malone and P.J. Brown - for a total of 17 times.
The Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) was founded on September 18, 1974 when representatives from fourteen Louisiana universities and colleges met in Baton Rouge for the sole purpose of forming an organization to promote basketball on all levels in the State of Louisiana. It was the first state-level organization of its kind in the nation.
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