Faronte Drakeford, a junior college All-American from Cape Fear (N.C.) Community College, will be…
Drakeford Talks UL Visit
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Drakeford spoke with the Cajun Redzone on Saturday night to share his thoughts about the trip to Cajun Country.
"Things went pretty good," said Drakeford, who previously visited Southern University, Tennessee Martin and Central Connecticut State in April. "I met some good people, played some pick-up ball and had a good time."
Drakeford stayed busy from the time he arrived in Lafayette on Thursday until returning to North Carolina on Saturday.
"I met all the coaches, all the players, the team trainer, the president of the university, the academic adviser for men's basketball and the director of the student union," Drakeford said. "We played pick-up games the first day I was there in the indoor facility, and it was really nice. It was a beautiful campus. The academic adviser told me they have one of the nation's top business schools, and that was good to hear because I want to major in business."
Drakeford left Louisiana with a positive impression of the Cajuns coaches and players.
"The coaches are great guys and really passionate about what they do," he said. "I got a sense that they really work together as a group and know what direction they want to go with their program. The players all seemed like a very close-knit group of guys. They're very talented, and I liked the fact that everyone was so competitive during the pick-up games."
The next step for Drakeford is to discuss his options with his aunt, Julia Douglas, and Cape Fear CC head coach Ryan Mantlo. Drakeford received late interest from Western Kentucky, Morehead State, LIU-Brooklyn and Washington State, but he plans to pick between Southern, Tennessee Martin, Central Connecticut State and the Cajuns before the end of Sunday.
Drakeford wants to sign a binding national letter of intent with his college choice on Monday, the birthday of his late mother, Frankie Thompson, who lost her fight with cancer when Drakeford was 8.
An active, crafty forward with a solid face-up game and the ability to score and rebound against taller opponents, Drakeford was a third-team NJCAA Division I All-American and the Region 10 Player of the Year this past season. He averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals and shot 55.6 percent from the field and 78.4 percent on free throws.
"Now I'll call my aunt and coach and we'll talk about what I'm going to do," Drakeford said. "I know they're behind me 100 percent. I'm going go weigh out the positives and negatives of each visit and ultimately make a decision. I'm excited it."
Drakeford has until May 15 to sign during the NCAA's spring signing period. The Cajuns signed guard Hayward Register (Lafayette, La./Comeaux HS) and post Kimani Jackson (Arlington, Texas/Seguin HS) last fall and added guard Xavian Rimmer (Jackson, Miss./Pearl River Community College) and post J.J. Davenport (Abbeville, La./New Mexico Junior College) this spring.
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