This past basketball prep boys season was one of the best ever for Lincoln Parish as a whole, and the best in the 21st Century with a Class B state champion in Simsboro, a Class 1A semifinalist in Lincoln Preparatory School, a Class 5A quarterfinalist in Ruston and a Class B quarterfinalist in Choudrant.
Even better, all five parish schools were in postseason action with Cedar Creek falling in the opening round of the Division IV playoffs.
Those kinds of results took much talent, and while it made for some tough decisions, the Lincoln Parish now celebrates that fact with the announcement of the LPJ’s 2022 All-Lincoln Parish Boys Basketball Team.
Headlining the 2002 First Team are the All-LPJ Co-Most Valuable Players, Ruston High junior Braylan McNeal and Simsboro senior Jordan Crawford. Ruston’s Ryan Bond is the LPJ Coach of the Year.
McNeal is the District 2-5A MVP after averaging 12 points, two steals and two blocked shots on the year for the Bearcats, who marched to the Class 5A quarterfinals before their season ended.
Crawford was named the 2-B Boys Most Valuable Player after averaging 15.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per game for the state champion Tigers.
Joining that pair on the tall-guard heavy All-LPJ First Team is Choudrant senior Chris Williams, who closed out his prep career by breaking the 1,500-point barrier and averaging 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 steals per contest on the season.
Lincoln Prep senior guard Dmitry Payne is another first-teamer on the All-LPJ squad after 16.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 3.6 steals and 0.3 blocks per game.
Simsboro senior Nick Maryland, the Class B Boys Championship Game MVP, rounds out All-LPJ First Team honors after averaging 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.8 blocked shots per game.
The LPJ’s All-Lincoln Parish Boys Basketball Second Team is comprised of players who would earn first-team honors in many Louisiana parishes.
Ruston sophomore forward Jamadrion Lillard, an All-District 2-5A first teamer who averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per contest, heads up the list of All-LPJ second teamers.
He’s joined by another SHS Tiger junior guard Chilaydrien “C-Bo” Newton, who averaged 17.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game on the season.
Choudrant junior and 3-point specialist Lachlan Thompson earned All-LPJ Second Team accolades after 12.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assist per game.
Lincoln Prep junior Bralyn Mayfield averaged a double-double with 15.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks per game to earn a spot on the All-LPJ Boys Second Team, which is rounded out by Simsboro senior Lee Abney, who averaged 8.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks per contest.
Bond guided the Bearcats to a 26-5 finish and all the way to the Class 5A quarterfinals for the first time since 2013. The third-seeded Bearcats defeated Dutchtown 57-44 in opening round play and followed that up with a 55-50 win over East Ascension in the regional round before falling to Northshore 59-53 in the quarterfinals.
All-Lincoln Parish Journal Boys Basketball First Team
G Braylan McNeal, Jr., Ruston
G Jordan Crawford, Sr., Simsboro
G Chris Williams, Sr., Choudrant
G Dmitry Payne, Sr., Lincoln Prep
G/F Nick Maryland, Sr., Simsboro
All-Lincoln Parish Journal Boys Basketball Second Team
F Jamadrion Lillard, So., Ruston
G Chilaydrien “C-Bo” Newton, Jr., Simsboro
G/F Lachlan Thompson, Jr., Choudrant
F Braylyn Mayfield, Jr., Lincoln Prep
F/C Lee Abney, Sr., Simsboro
Co-Player of the Year: Braylan McNeal (Ruston) and Jordan Crawford (Simsboro)
Coach of the Year: Ryan Bond (Ruston)
All-Lincoln Parish Journal Boys Basketball Honorable Mention
Hayden McClusky, Sr., Cedar Creek; Aiden Anding, Jr., Ruston; Dillon Wilson, Sr., Ruston; Jackson Pilgreen, Sr., Ruston; Shamarian Brantley, Sr., Simsboro; Trey Harris, Sr,, Choudrant; and Ja’kyren Montgomery, Sr., Lincoln Prep; Carter Hill, Sr., Cedar Creek
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