Guard Has Louisiana at Top of List

Guard Has Louisiana at Top of List

Louisiana's Ragin'Cajuns Basketball program made major strides under first year head coach Bob Marlin during the 2010-2011 season. With the spring signing period one month away, one of the top junior college shooting guards in the south has the Cajuns at the top of his list.

With the graduation of the two top three point shooters in the program in Randell Daigle and Travis Bureau, the Louisiana basketball program is in need of help at the shooting guard position. Coach Nikita Johnson may have found a very good one in Brunswick Community Colleges Alan-Michael Thompson. The "6-2", 180-pound sharp shooter averaged over 16.0 pts, 4.0 rebounds, while shooting over 37% from behind the arc for a Dolphin squad that finished in the Region 10 playoffs. The Dolphins are coached by legendary coach Walter Shaw that has won over 220 games during his tenure as head coach at Brunswick. Coach Shaw spoke about his talented sophomore guard yesterday in an interview with Louisiana Scout.com.

"Alan has been an outstanding competitor for us," Coach Shaw stated. He has great range on from the perimeter, can handle the ball well and penetrate the lane. He is an outstanding free throw shooter, hitting 87% from the line this past season and he shot 37% from the three-point line. He is definitely a mid-major, to high mid-major prospect in my book. He is being recruited by Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, Illinois State, South Alabama, Mercer and Moorhead State right now. Louisiana-Lafayette and Illinois State and Moorhead have already offered Alan. He can definitely help any of those programs."

Alan-Michael Thompson has a official visit set for Louisiana next Thursday, March 24th and told us today that the Cajuns are at the top of his list right now.

"Coach Johnson told me that they really want me to come down and play for Louisiana," Alan said. "He said the program is really improving and they graduate their athletes. That is very important to me; I want to play in program that cares about academics and graduating their athletes. Coach Nikita also told that Lafayette is a good size city and there are many things to do in the area. I'm taking an official visit next to Louisiana next Thursday, March 24th."

With the number of programs interested in Thompson's service, how would he rate them right now?

"I like Louisiana and Middle Tennessee," Thompson stated. "Louisiana is at the top of my and I've been able to go on line to check out the facilities. They play in an arena that sits over 11,000 and their students really support them. I've never played in a arena that size, in front of those types of crowds. It would be really great to play in that arena, in front of those types of fans."

While the prospect of playing in the Cajun Dome is exciting for Thompson, he is also focused on continuing his major in Physical Therapy.

" "I will be graduating on time and it's important to me that the college I sign with has a good Physical Therapy program," Alan said. "When I finish playing college basketball, I want to have my degree. I haven't made my final decision yet, but I will sign in April."

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