April 17, 2014
RUSTON - For the fourth straight year and the sixth time in the past seven years, former Louisiana Tech basketball great Paul Millsap has been chosen as the recipient of the Bob Pettit Award for 2014 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 played for the Atlanta Hawks this season after spending seven years with the Utah Jazz, the team who drafted him in the second round back in 2006.
The move paid dividends as the power forward has had a career year, posting a career-high 17.9 points per game to go along with 8.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists en route to making his first ever All-Star Game appearance.
Millsap has helped lead the Hawks into the postseason where they will take on the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
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.
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.