Nakwaasah earns LSWA accolade
Monday, April 9, 2012

SHREVEPORT – After a stellar senior season, Centenary forward Maxx Nakwaasah earned second-team Louisiana Sports Writers Association honors.

The Dallas, Texas, native led Centenary to an 11-11 year, starting all 22 games and topped the team charts in points, rebounds and steals and was second on the squad with 47 assists. The 6-foot-3 forward led the Gents with 25.4 points per game, hitting nearly 46 percent of his shots while grabbing 8.6 rebounds per game. Defensively, Nakwaasah spearheaded Centenary’s attack with 2.18 takeaways per game.

Nakwaasah highlighted his senior season and with a 51-point outburst against East Texas Baptist Jan. 26 in the Gold Dome. He broke former-NBA stadr Robert Parish’s school record, connecting on 18-of-24 shots from the fiel, including 7-of-8 from three-point range.

“Maxx is very deserving because he’s one of the first guys who’s stayed for four years and gone through this transition process,” said Adam Walsh, who just finished his second year as head coach. “It’s been a rough career for Maxx and it’s great to see that he’s being rewarded and honored for his hard work and dedication to the Centenary basketball program.”

Nakwaasah’s consistency and efficiency helped Centenary to a seven-game win streak, the longest Centenary has seen in nearly 20 years. With the seventh win in the streak, Nakwaasah joined the 500-rebound club, becoming the 25th player in Centenary history to accomplish the rare feat and joined the 1,000-point club in his final year.

Known for his scoring ability, Nakwaasah poured in at least 30 five times last season and netted at least 20 in 18 of the team’s 22 games while scoring single digits just once.

“Maxx is a special player and contributed greatly to the success we had last season,” Walsh said. “He’s a special athlete, but he’s also a quality young man and he deserves everything he gets.”

McNeese State’s Patrick Richard led all vote-getters, earning first-team and Player of the Year honors while Southern’s Roman Banks was named Coach of the Year. LSU’s Justin Hamilton received Newcomer of the Year and Tulane’s Ricky Tarrant was named Freshman of the Year.

 

FIRST TEAM

Patrick Richard, McNeese State, F, Sr., Carencro, La. – 17.9 ppg., 6.4 rpg.

William Mosley, Northwestern State, C, Sr., Shreveport, La. – 11.7 ppg., 9.6 rpg., 4.1 blks

Justin Hamilton, LSU, C, Jr., Alpine, Utah – 12.9 ppg., 7.2 rpg., 1.3 blocks

Quincy Roberts, Grambling, G, Jr., Harrisburg, Pa. – 23.9 ppg., 6.0 rpg.

Ricky Tarrant, Tulane, G, Fr., Pleasant Grove, Ala. – 14.9 ppg., 3.6 rpg.

 

SECOND TEAM

Derrick Parker, LSU-Shreveport, F, Sr., Minden, La. – 19.4 ppg., 11.3 rpg.

Raheem Appleby, Louisiana Tech, G, Fr., Jacksonville, Ark. – 13.9 ppg., 2.4 rpg., 1.2 assists

Corey Gray, Loyola, G, Sr., Green, Ind. – 17.7 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 2.1 steals

Maxx Nakwaasah, Centenary, G, Sr., Dallas, Texas – 25.4 ppg., 8.6 rpg.

Josh Brown, Louisiana-Lafayette, G, Sr., Ruston, La. – 10.4 ppg., 6.4 rpg.

 

THIRD TEAM

Anthony Hickey, LSU, G, Fr., Hopkinsville, Ky. – 8.9 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 3.8 assists

Trevon Lewis, Nicholls State, F, Fr., Houma, La. – 12.6 ppg., 5.1 rpg.

Lovell Cook, New Orleans, F, Jr., New Orleans, La. – 14.0 ppg., 5.1 rpg.

Roosevelt Johnson, Southeastern Louisiana, F, Jr., Norco, La. – 11.5 ppg., 7.9 rpg.

Josh Davis, Tulane, F, Soph., Raleigh, N.C. – 11.2 ppg., 9.3 rpg.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Quinton Doggett, Southern; Greg Shyne, LSU-Shreveport; Shamir Davis, Northwestern State; Robert Lovaglio, Loyola; Andre Stringer, LSU.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Patrick Richard, McNeese State

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Justin Hamilton, LSU 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Ricky Tarrant, Tulane

COACH OF THE YEAR: Roman Banks, Southern