Jackson, Hodge Highlight Group
"I'm going out on a limb," Louisiana Select head coach Mike Theus said. "We're going to be special."
Theus, forever the optimist, has reason to be excited about his team this year. After taking his lumps last season, Louisiana Select is now much more of a veteran group with a few standout players.
Monroe (LA) Ouchita is 29-0 right now and juniors Jay Jackson and Johnny Hodge lead them. "Jay Jackson might be the best player in the state," Theus said of the 6-1, 185 pound point guard. "Everybody says he's a Big Ten type point guard. Tremendous athlete. Jay's been the MVP of four tournaments and Johnny's (Hodge) been the co-MVP of two events."
Jackson is sure to receive his fair share of attention this year, but Texas appears to have made strong in-roads with him already.
Speaking of Hodge, he's a terrific wing athlete at 6-4, 175 pounds. "I know all the state schools are in on him. He's got some work to do in the classroom. Arkansas loved him. He's their type player – running, jumping, dunking and shooting." Add Louisiana Tech and LSU to his list.
Last season, Lake Charles (LA) St. Louis point guard Troy Aaron ran the show for Select. He was very fast, but a little wild and reckless. Theus says he's changed a lot since then. "It's night and day from last year."
Aaron is hearing from Texas, UConn, Oklahoma, Louisiana Tech and LSU. His high school coach also coached former UConn center Jake Voskuhl.
Lake Charles Barbe shooting guard Dwight Boatner (6-1, 170) will also be a major contributor. So will Grambling's Paul Milsap, a 6-7, 2-5 pound combo forward. He'll be joined inside by Adam James, a junior from Lafayette (LA) St. Thomas More.
Theus is also excited about a pair of sophomores. DeAngelo Lee, a 6-5, 210 small forward plays with James at St. Thomas More. 6-1 lefty shooting guard Tyrone Hamilton is a marksman from Shreveport Booker T. Washington.
For more information about the program, check out www.LouisianaSelect.org