Former Breaux Bridge basketball star Galen Alexander — ranked the No. 1 payer in Louisiana for the 2017 recruiting class — has enrolled at Lafayette Christian Academy, where he will continue his high school career, Lafayette Christian coach Byron Starks confirmed.
It remains unclear whether Alexander will be eligible to play basketball for the Knights this season per LHSAA rules. Alexander will be a junior this year.
Breaux Bridge falls outside Lafayette parish lines, and, according to LHSAA rules, students who transfer outside of their existing attendance zones are required to sit out for a full year of athletic competition.
The year of ineligibility can be waived with the proof of a ‘Bona-fide Move’ by the parents or guardians of the student.
A ‘Bona-fide Move’ is defined by the LHSAA as, “when a student’s parent(s)/guardian, or another household he/she has been residing with for at least the past calendar year, abandons their former home as a residence and makes a permanent move into a home that is their sole residence in another school district/attendance zone.”
If Alexander is, in fact, eligible this season, the Knights will most likely be considered one of the best teams in the state, regardless of class.
The Knights were beaten in the 1A state championship game last season by Madison Prep and have improved every season under Starks’ leadership.
Starks said he hasn’t seen Alexander play very often and wasn’t ready to comment on the Knights’ potential so far ahead of the basketball season.
Alexander averaged 19.2 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists per game last season as a sophomore and has had a productive summer at various college and national basketball camps.
The 6-foot-6, 215 pound wing player picked up offers from UCLA, Oklahoma and LSU over the summer and was named to the ESPN Top 60 for the 2017 class after his performance at the Pangos All-American camp, ranking as the 56th-best prospect in the nation.
Alexander ranked as the 15th-best player in the southeast region and the No. 1 player in the state.