Opinion: New recruits should help the program

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Opinion: New recruits should help the program

Kris Albert, albertkx

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I had an earlier article highlighting the excellent senior class that ULM basketball had this year. Lance Richard, Jordan Harris, Marvin Jean-Pierre and Sam McDaniel helped lay an amazing foundation that can be built upon.

Of course, returning stars Michael Ertel and Travis Munnings (who will be a senior next season) look to provide the same if not more next season. However, ULM has made some solid additions to the lineup as well.

Jontray Harris, a graduate transfer from Oral Roberts, averaged a solid 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. Harris is a guard and will look to complement Ertel.

Over his last 12 games, he scored nine points per game along with six rebounds, improving his numbers down the stretch.

ULM added another guard Jalen Hodge, who attended O’Fallon High School in Illinois. Hodge was named fourth-team all-state as a senior by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA).

Jalen was also first-team All-Southwestern Conference. Averaging 20.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists a game, Hodge is a threat on the court. He posted four 30-point games in his senior year as well.

Andre Washington is a forward who last played for Hill College in Texas. He was able to average a double-double last season (12 points and 10 rebounds) and helped the junior college to a 21-9 record.

Washington was able to score double figures in 23 of 30 games. Washington has the scoring and rebounding ability of Jean-Pierre. Hopefully, Washington can fill the void left behind by the former Warhawk star.

Tyree and Youry White also look to help fill the empty space at the forward spot. Tyree White last played at Moberly Area Community College (Missouri) and helped the team lose only ten games the last two seasons. He averaged seven points and five rebounds after recovering from an injury.

Youry White earned All-Region XXIII and All-MJCAC honors after putting together a solid season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Mississippi).

White averaged 13 points and nine rebounds as a sophomore, scoring double figures 22 out of 24 games. Helping win the MJCAC South title, White shot a solid 51 percent from the floor. Tyree and Youry look to add to ULM’s wing depth.

Last but not least is Javien “JD” Williams, who signed in November. Attending Tallahassee Community College (Alabama), Williams earned first-team All-Panhandle Conference honors as a sophomore.

He leads the team in scoring (16.8 points per) and was able to increase his scoring in the Panhandle Conference games (20.8 points).

The new additions look to help and fill holes left by the seniors. These players all bring versatility and scoring ability.

Adding them to an already talented roster only strengthens the hope that ULM can once again experience March Madness.