Redding Earns POY Honors

Bulldog signee Darius Redding was named the Big Bend Player of the Year by the Tallahassee Deomocrat.

Last season, Louisiana Tech Bulldog Brandon Gibson made the first team of the Tallahassee Democrat's All Big Bend team. Darius Redding, then a junior at Godby High School in Tallahassee, was also on the firsst team.

Fast forward one year. Redding has signed to join Gibson at Louisiana Tech. He has also been named Player of the Year by the Democrat.

The Florida Panhandle has never been considered a fertile recruiting ground for Louisiana Tech. Associate Head Coach Nikita Johnson's ties to the area have paid off in a big way.

First, Gibson signed and enjoyed a solid freshmen year. the 6'5" guard/forward will be one of the team's key reserves behing senior wings Jamel Guyton and Kyle Gibson.

Redding will also figure heavily into the rotation next year in Ruston. He will provide the kind of athleticism on the wing that Tech needs. Godby Head Coach Andy Colville has called Redding one of the best athletes in the area's recent history and one of the 2 or 3 best athletes in the State of Florida this year.

"The award covers a few counties," explained Coach Colville. "It includes about fifty schools."

Redding is joined in the 2009 Bulldog signing class by 6'9" Kadeem Coleby from The Bahamas, 6'1" Jarvis Davis from Sout Carolina, and first team J.C. All-American Point Guard DeAndre Brown.

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