Louisiana Select Loaded

Louisiana Select, coached by Mike Theus, is full of talent yet again. They recently played well at the Boo Williams Invitational.

"We went 5-1 at Boo Williams," Theus said. "We actually lost our first game to the top team, Athletes First from Tulsa. We played a very bad first half but came back to lose by three. The clock ran out on us."

The player getting the most attention from Louisiana Select is Kourtney Roberson of Arcadia, LA. The 6'9" forward can play anywhere on the frontline. Boston College, Louisiana State, Louisiana Tech, Texas, Tulane, and USC are all keeping a close eye on Kourtney.

Roberson was named first team All-State in Class 1A. Joining Roberson on the first team is Eddie Ludwig from Country Day, a 6'8" forward for Louisiana Select. "Kourtney and Eddie are getting used to playing together," explained Theus. "It takes time for all these guys to gel, but we are getting there." Roberson is likely to be the most highly recruited player in the state this year.

Roberson and Ludwig battled in the state playoffs and now find themselves learning to play together. Another frontline player for Louisiana Select is Roosevelt Johnson from Destrehan. Johnson was named first team All State in Class 5A and can play either forward position. Like Roberson and Ludwig, Johnson was named his District's MVP.

Joining Johnson on the Class 5A first team is Tremal White from H.L. Bourgeois. The 6'1" combo guard was also his District's MVP and averaged over 23 points per game his senior season. Theus calls White the best defender on his team.

Stevie Howard joins White in the backcourt for Louisiana Select and at H.L. Bourgeois. Howard is a very fast point guard who was also named to the Class 5A All-State team. Howard scored 43 points in a state semifinal upset of top seeded Huntington.

The cupboard is not bare past the class of 2009 for Coach Theus. Matt Derenbecker from Ponchatoula is a 6'6" wing from the 2010 class that made second team All-State in Class 5A. Another District MVP, the lefthander can play either win position.

Cedric Jenkins,a 6'1" guard from Reserve Christian, is one of the top shooters in the state. Jenkins, from the 2010 class, was also first team All-State and was the MVP of the Class B tournament.

From the 2011 class, 6'3" John Isaac from Pickering High near Leesville, LA is already turning heads. Isaac averages over 25 points per game for Theus's 15 and under team and averaged 10 points per game for the 17 and under team at the Boo Williams Invitational. Theus says Isaac may be the best freshman to come through his program. With the likes of Greg Monroe and NBA players Paul Millsap, Marcus Fizer, Stromile Swift, and Danny Granger all coming through the program, Isaac is in good company.

Other college stars to play for Louisiana Select include Teddy Gibson from Arkansas, Gerrod Henderson and Antonio Meeking from Louisiana Tech, Jay Jackson from Texas Tech, Bernard King from Texas A&M, Theodis Tarver from Georgia Tech, and Derrick Zimmerman from Mississippi State.

Louisiana Select heads to Dallas to play in the Next Level Baller National Tournament. BleedTechBlue.com will keep a close eye on Kourtney Roberson and his Louisiana Select teammates throughout the summer.

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