Crowley's Andrus, Boone headline 4-AAA All-District team
CROWLEY – Jerrell Andrus has come a long way since working his way into the Crowley High starting lineup three years ago.
He has gone from a raw talent who showed flashes of greatness to becoming the top player in District 4-AAA.
“We knew Jerrell was special when he got to us three years ago,” said Crowley coach Derrick Boone of Andrus, who for the second straight season has been named the Player of the Year on the 4-AAA All-District team announced recently
“We could tell he was athletic but he just wasn’t used to our system at first and that pretty much kept him out of the starting lineup. But he did receive good minutes and at one point, he was averaging 22 points a game as a freshman coming off the bench.”
Andrus, a 6-foot-3 small forward, proved to be a key element in the Gents run to the 4-AAA championship in 2011, averaging 21.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and two blocks per game. In district play, he averaged 18.5 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
He had season highs of 29 points (against Westlake) and 19 rebounds (Acadiana).
“Jerrell was a big factor in our offense,” said Boone. “ He’s one of the only kids that I’ve seen since I’ve been here that has averaged 20 plus points per game without shooting a jumpshot.
“This year, in a sense, he had to step it up a notch. We lost our point guard and our big man from last year and he had some big shoes to fill on a young team. He had to play inside, he had to play outside. Last year he was pretty much able to just sit back and let the game come to him but this year, he had to pretty much take over.”
Andrus is joined on the All-District first team by Iowa guard Charles Robertson, Northwest shooting guard Derell Joubert, Eunice forward Duaundric Johnson and Westlake center Jacory Washington.
The Gents swept the top two honors with Boone being named the league’s Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
Boone’s squad got off to a dismal 6-6 start at the beginning of the season before winning four straight games to win the prestigious Midland Holiday Spectacular.
From there, the Gents went on to win 12 of their last 13 regular season games, earning the No. 6 seed in the Class AAA playoffs where they were ousted in the quarterfinal round by eventual state champion Carroll.
Crowley’s Tuskani Figaro was also honored by league coaches, being named to the All-District second team. The senior shooting guard, who hit the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer against Redemptorist in the second round of the playoffs, averaged 17 points, three rebounds and two assists per game.
Joining Figaro on the second unit are Church Point’s Devonte Malveaux (12.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists), Northwest’s Kenderous Rosette, Iowa’s Jacoby Rougeau and Westlake’s Dedrick Lavergne.
Crowley’s Dorris Senegal was named to the All-Defensive team along with Church Point’s Chance Roy, Eunice’s Vondray Vallere, Northwest’s Kenneth Hicks and Iowa’s Hunter Bebar.
Crowley’s Mercedes Rogers earned first-team honors on the girls’ side.
Rogers helped lead the Ladies to 17-12 record overall and a 5-5 mark in district play by averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds per game.
The Ladies entered the playoffs as the No. 22 seed but were eliminated in the first round by No. 11 Albany.
Rogers, a 6-foot-0 sophomore forward, is joined on the first team by district MVP Jessica Thomas of Northwest, Alicia George of Iowa, Jase Johnson of Westlake and Kylie Goodeaux of Westlake.
Northwest’s LaTosha Malone was tabbed the league’s Coach of the Year.
Crowley’s Kara Wilridge was named to the second-team along with Church Point’s Mary Citizen.
Wilridge, a 6-foot-0 junior post player, averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds a game while Citizen, a 5-foot-6 freshman guard, averaged 12 points and four boards.
Also making the second-team are Northwest’s Crystal Leday and Ashley Leday as well as Eunice’s Adrianna Guillory.
Crowley’s Isis Broussard and Church Point’s Raven Alexander were named to the All-Defensive team as were Iowa’s Darion Mitchell, Westlake’s Maya Tunwar, Eunice’s Fionna Godfrey and Northwest’s Bianca Mason.
Crowley’s Sara Woodard and Church Point’s Shondrika Boast were named to the honorable mention list.