Walsh and Gents, Again, Ink Talent for 2010-11 Season
Thursday, August 12, 2010
SHREVEPORT-With the start of the 2010-11 year upon us, Centenary and head men's basketball coach Adam Walsh are proud to announce that Jeff Latin (Southwood HS/Shreveport) and Travis Thompson (ETBU/Port Neches, Texas) have recently accepted the school's offer of admission and will join the Gents this season.

"I am extremely happy to have landed two solid guards for the upcoming season. They will each add the needed depth at the guard position that our program is after," said Walsh.

Jeff Latin
Guard, 6'0"/160
Southwood HS, Shreveport

Latin, a local product from Southwood High School in Shreveport was a three-year letterwinner for the Cowboy basketball team. The 6'0" guard helped his team to a 21-14 record and to the second round of the LHSAA State playoffs, while finishing District Runner-Up.

For his efforts, he was named All-District and Academic All-State under Norman Picou after averaging 15 points per game.

Away from basketball, Latin was a member of the National Honor Society, received the Biostart Award and graduate with honors and a 3.9 GPA.

Latin is the son of Jeffery and Marilyn Latin and plans on majoring in engineering at Centenary.

"It is nice to have a local product like Jeff on our squad. We expect him to have a strong, impactful four-year career at Centenary," said Walsh.

Travis Thompson
Guard, 6'4"/190
ETBU, Port Neches, Texas

Thompson will begin at Centenary after attending ETBU last year. A 2008 graduate of Port Neches Groves High School in Texas, Thompson was a three-year member of the Indian basketball team under Patrick Abel.

During his high school career, Thompson was a First Team All-District selection his junior and senior season. He was also recognized as a Texas Basketball Magazine Second Team All-State honoree.

Playing in Southeast Texas, he was named Player of the Week five times by setxsports.com, was a Top 25 Setx player his junior and senior season and was awarded First Team All-SETX his final season. He averaged 18.4 points his senior year and made six treys in one game for 33 points against Lumberton HS.

Thompson was a member of the SETX All-Stars for one season under coach Rick Lewis.

He is the son of Tina Thompson and looks to pursue a career in coaching after Centenary.

"Travis is a young man with high character. He has participated in Athletes in Action and I look for him to bring those experiences with him as he grows to be a forefront player for our program," said Walsh.

Latin and Thompson becoming the fourth and fifth incoming players to become a member of the Gents basketball team for the 2010-11 season, joining Logan Lowery, Quin Cooper, and Andrew Rebol.