LSU Shreveport earns Sportsmanship Award: Milum, Davis selected to All-Tournament Team
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Even after the final buzzer sounded on the 2012-13 season LSU Shreveport's name was still mentioned on the final day of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA National Tournament. Rodney Milum and Brandon Davis were both named to the All-Tournament Team at this year's tournament while as a team the Pilots claimed to Dr. James Naismith-Emil S. Liston Sportsmanship Award. The Pilots Head Coach Kyle Blankenship was recognized with the Charles A. Krigel Award which is presented to the coach of the squad that earns the Naismith-Liston Sportsmanship Award for his leadership to his team.
The Sportsmanship Award says a lot more than who wins on the court but also who will likely be the winners off the court as it is given to the team that displays the best sportsmanship of any of the teams at the tournament. The Pilots were quick to lend a helping hand when one of their opponents hit the floor and are also one of the first ones to wipe the sweat off of the floor while showing respect to fans, tournament officials, coaches and the referees. The Sportsmanship Award shows a true sign of character which the Pilots show all season long. The tradition of Good Sportsmanship continues at LSU Shreveport.
Davis and Milum was one of the top scoring duos in the country and their performance in the National Tournament was no different as Davis dominated averaging a double-double for the tournament pouring in 25.5 points per game and pulling down 13.5 rebounds per game while Milum shot 44-percent from beyond the arc as he averaged 23.5 points per game.
Davis named to All-American Second Team
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2012 – 13 Division I Men's Basketball All-Americans on Wednesday. The selections are made by the NAIA Men's Basketball Coaches' Association All-America Committee and comprises a First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Team. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams. Brandon Davis was the lone LSU Shreveport Pilots selected to this year's All-American Team as a second teamer.
Davis, a junior from Pomona, California, became eligible after the first semester of the season and pounced on the scene as he poured in 31 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in his first game as a Pilot in January. He proved to be as good as advertised in his Pilot debut as he played in 24 games and helped lead the Pilots to a Fab Four appearance in the Buffalo Funds-NAIA National Championship Tournament.
During his 24-games this season Davis averaged 22.4 points and 12.6 rebounds per game as he led the NAIA with 19 double-doubles including ending the season with nine straight double-doubles. He netted double figures in every game he played in this season including scoring 30 or more points in five games and 20 or more in 16.
Diakos, Henry selected to the All-American Team
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2012-13 Division I Women's Basketball All-America Teams on Wednesday. Players were selected by the NAIA-Women's Basketball Coaches' Association All-America Committee with Jenna Diakos and Sharde Henry representing LSU Shreveport on the Honorable Mention Team.
Diakos, a junior from Ragley, Louisiana, averaged 14.9 points per game and 7 rebounds per game this season for the Lady Pilots. 24 times she netted double figures and claimed a total of six double-doubles.
Henry, a senior from Lake Charles, Louisiana, averaged 18.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game this season as she netted double figures in all 31 games. This season in 12 games she scored 20 or more points on her way to collecting eight double-doubles.