Green Oaks standout Tre’Davious White already has made the transition from football to basketball once during his senior season. Why not do it again?
White is back in Shreveport after a week back on the football field in San Antonio, where he participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Saturday.
“A week off won’t be a big deal, but I will have to get back into basketball shape quickly,” said White, who participated in All-American-Bowl practices all last week. “It might take me a bit to get my shot back or my legs back in game shape. But it shouldn’t take long.”
But White didn’t forget about his teammates while he was gone. Green Oaks lost twice in the Bossier Invitational Tournament without White, but he texted the players before both games.
“I always text all of the guys on the team before each game, whether I’m there or not,” White said. “It was tough not getting to be there and playing with them.”
White and the Giants will be back together on the court Tuesday night to host Captain Shreve.
After weeks of tournaments and wacky schedules — multiple games on
the same day or on back-to-back days — Minden coach Alan Shaw and his team are ready for district play.
And Minden (17-3) will start its 1-4A schedule Tuesday night at home against Benton (7-10).
“Once you get out of tournament time, you know your schedule, that you will play two times a week, and you get a little more preparation time for each game,” Shaw said. “It gets each team more prepared for its opponent. You scout more. You know what you are going to see, and you get to play everyone twice.”
While District 1-5A play doesn’t tip until Friday, and other districts even later, 1-4A is ready to go.
“We’re pumped to get to district,” Benton coach Tim Cram said. “This game against Minden is very important. They are always well coached, and it’s always tough to get a win on the road in our district. You always want to start with a win to get one under your belt, and since you get five home and five road games in district, you want to try to steal some on the road.”
In addition to the Crimson Tide taking on the Tigers, Huntington travels to Northwood, and Woodlawn will play at Fair Park.
“The game slows down a little bit when you get to district,” Shaw said. “The officials let you play a bit more. You have to be prepared to execute in the half court more. We played some intense games in tournaments, but in district play it goes up another level. The kids know exactly what we are playing for.”
LSUS men’s basketball coach Kyle Blankenship picked up a local commitment from Airline guard Andrew Latson on Saturday.
“I like LSUS’ players and the coaching staff,” said Latson, who is a senior for the Vikings. “The coaches came to my games and really made me feel like they wanted me there. We talked about what they expect from me next year. I could tell they were very interested, and they treated me like one of their own.”
Latson will be in position to contribute on offense right away. He is deadly from 3-point range, has a consistent jumper and can drive to the basket.
“They just told me that I’m a good scorer, but I will need to get bigger in the weight room,” Latson said.