Lafayette – A college bench-along basketball player along the state’s first men’s national championship coach since 1961 earned the highest honors as LSU’s Tarry Eason and Loyola’s Stacey Holwell spotlighted the 2022 Louisiana College Men’s Basketball Team , which was released on Wednesday by the Louisiana Team. Sports Writers Association (LSWA).
The 18-member team was nominated by the state’s men’s basketball directors of sports information and selected by a statewide panel of SIDs and members of the media.
Eason, a sophomore from Los Angeles, California, was named LSWA Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year after finishing as one of the top players in the SEC. The move from Cincinnati came off the bench in 29 of the 33 games he played at LSU during the 2021-22 season and averaged 16.9 points and 6.6 rebounds.
Named Sixth SEC Man of the Year and All-SEC First Team Man of the Year award, Eason received the All-America Team Honor by Sports Illustrated and was an Honored mention for an All-America recipient by the Associated Press.
Eason reached double-digit scoring in 29 games during the season for LSU with 11 games of 20 points or more. The 6-foot-8 striker has scored seven doubles for the Tigers with four games of 20 points and 10 more rebounds by an LSU player in a single season since the 2015 season.
A semi-finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award, Eason had played 11 games of three or more steals during the season with two games of five or more. Eason finished sixth in SEC in scoring, ninth in rebounds, fourth in FG, seventh in FT, T4 in steals, ninth in middle blocks and ninth in average offensive rebounds (2.27).
Holwell, LSWA Coach of the Year, led a high-octane Loyola squad to a program record of 37 wins during the season capping the school’s first hardwood national title since 1945. Leading a Wolfpack to its first national crown by a men’s state program since Grambling in 1961, Holwell was NAIA National Coach of the Year, NABC Coach of the Year (NAIA), SSAC Coach of the Year and Don Meyer Award winner.
Under Holwell’s supervision, Loyola entered the NAIA Championship as the #1 overall seed and racked up 16 wins against teams that reached the NAIA Top 25 rankings during the season.
His team led the country in scoring, setting a program high of 3,395 points in 38 games, averaging 89.3 points per game, while outstripping opponents by nearly 21 points in the competition. The Wolf Pack ranked first in the NAIA in steals (13.7 per game) and ranked second nationally in assists (19.7) and offensive rebounds (15.6) per competition.
LSU’s Brandon Murray was crowned with the Majors Awards as he was named New Student of the Year in the state. The Baltimore, Md. team averaged 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in helping lead LSU to a 22-12 record and 9-9 mark in SEC play.
The All-SEC team member Freshman was one of the top players in the SEC in minutes and played 16 games of scoring double figures. Murray scored a season high of 21 points against Texas A&M and added 19 and 17 points in games against Alabama.
Murray had seven season-higher rebounds against Liberty and made four games of five assists or more, including nine against Missouri in the SEC Championship.
Eason was joined to the first team by Jordan Brown of Louisiana, Kenneth Lofton Jr. of Louisiana Tech, T Gordon of Nichols and Zach Wrightsell of Loyola. Named into the second team are Kay Ron Baker of Louisiana Christian (formerly Louisiana College), Kendall Coleman of Northwestern State, Tulane Galen Cook, Darius Days of LSU and Troy Green of New Orleans.
Myles Burns of Loyola was named LSWA’s third team, joined by Jalen Forbes of Tulane, Jalen Hinton of Southeastern, Andre Jones of ULM and Derek St Helier of New Orleans. Three players – Gus Okafor of SLU, Makye Richard of Xavier and LSU Shreveport’s Londre Washington – were honorable choices.
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2022 Louisiana College men’s basketball team
Selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA)
Tari Eason, LSU – SEC Sixth Man of the Year, All-SEC First Team, AP Honorable Mention All-America
Jordan Brown, Louisiana – Team Two – All-SBC Team, NABC’s 1st All-District Team
Kenneth Lofton, Jr. , Louisiana Tech – First Team All-Conference USA, First-Team NABC All-District
Ty Gordon, Nicholls – SLC Player of the Year, CollegeInsider.com Lou Henson All-America Team
Zach Wrightsell, Loyola – NAIA/NABC National Player of the Year, SSAC Player of the Year
Kieron Baker, Louisiana Christian – 2nd NAIA All-American Team, RRAC Player of the Year
Kendall Coleman, Northwest State – First All-SLC Team, SLC All-Defensive Team
Galen Cook, Tulane – First All-AAC Team
Darius Days, LSU – All-SEC Second . Team
Troy Green, New Orleans – First-Team All-SLC
Miles Burns, Loyola – NAIA National Championship MVP, NAIA Second-Team All-America
Jaylene Forbes, Tulane – 2nd Team All-ACC
Galen Hinton, Southeastern – SLC Defensive Player of the Year, 2nd Team in All SLC Championships
Andre Jones, ULM – 3rd All-SBC Team
Derek St. Hilaire, New Orleans – First-Team All-SLC, NABC All-District
Jos Okafor, Southeast; Mackie Richard, Xavier; Leonder Washington, LSU Shreveport
Player of the Year – Tari Eason, LSU
Newcomer of the Year – Tari Eason, LSU
Student of the Year – Brandon Murray, LSU
Coach of the Year – Stacey Holwell, Loyola