Evans, Frye receive top honors on All-Region boys team
Fri. March 29, 2013 at 10:34 p.m. | By Chris Singleton/Staff Writer
South Lafourche's Treavon Evans was named the Most Valuable Player on The Courier/Daily Comet All-Region boys basketball teams. (Photo by File photo)
Picking an All-Region boys basketball MVP was a tough task for the sports staff at The Courier and Daily Comet this year.
There were several worthy nominees for the honor this season, including three outstanding senior players who all stepped up in their own ways to lead their teams to victories.
In the end, there was one player who overcame some big obstacles along the way to lead his team to a playoff berth.
That player is South Lafourche's Treavon Evans, who was selected as the MVP of The Courier/Daily Comet's All-Region boys basketball team this season. Houma Christian coach Freddie Frye was named All-Region Coach of the Year.
Although South Lafourche didn't win a District 7-5A title this season, Evans, a 6-foot-1 senior, was an instrumental part of the Tarpons making it to the playoffs with a 17-11 record.
Evans scored 22.6 points with five rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this season, helping him receive the District 7-5A MVP award and second-team honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State team.
Evans said he is thankful for winning All-Region MVP, especially since a few people had faith in the Tarpons' chances this season.
"We were able to overcome a lot," Evans said. "There were a lot of people who counted us out because we had no height whatsoever on the floor and because of the talent we lost the year before, but we did what we had to do to get to the playoffs."
During his senior year, Evans had to overcome several injuries, including a broken nose that required him to wear a protective mask in several games. He played through it all and stepped his game up during a key late district stretch that helped the Tarpons make the playoffs.
"I knew I was a big part of this team," Evans said. "I was injured, and my nose could have been broken worse than what it was, but I wasn't going to sit out and miss the rest of my senior year."
South Lafourche coach Brian Callais said Evans, who signed to play football at Nicholls State University and could possibly play college basketball next season, is a true team-player who worked hard every day.
"Playing with a broken nose showed how tough he is," Callais said. "He battled back. He was huge for us this year. We made a move to put him in the post, and he never griped about it. He played inside, and he took it to the hole. He shot it from outside. He was a tremendous player for us. He's a big part of our success, and you can't replace him. He's going to be hard to replace."
Frye was named coach of the year after leading the Warriors to a 19-10 overall record and a Class 1A quarterfinal playoff appearance, where they fell to No. 1 and eventual state-runner up Christian Life.
Frye said the credit goes to his players, who often faced bigger and more athletic teams this season, but still managed to get through it and lift Houma Christian to its fourth straight playoff berth and second trip ever to the state quarterfinals.
"It was tough, but these kids made an incredible run," Frye said. "No one expected them to do what they did. They really made it fun this year. That's just a testament to the character of our kids, who brought into the things we were trying to get them to buy into. It's definitely an honor that I share with the kids because without the kids, you don't have a team. Without the kids, you don't have a coaching job, so we definitely share that with the kids."
Frye said that the support from Houma Christian's fans played a part of the team's success.
"We all saw the number of people that came to that Christian Life playoff game," Frye said. "Our teachers, parents and student body just rallied behind these kids. They were incredible. They made the season special for all of us."
Two other local senior basketball stars who received consideration for All-Region MVP were Houma Christian's Nate Frye and Vandebilt Catholic's Lionheart Leslie. Both were first-team All-Region players.
Nate Frye, a 6-foot senior guard and son of Coach Frye, averaged 17.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2.7 assists per game this season.
Nate Frye, who was a first-team selection on the LSWA Class 1A All-State boys basketball team, has committed to play college basketball at the University of Tennessee-Chattanoga, but he is still considering other college teams during his recruiting process.
Leslie, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, averaged 24 points, 11 rebounds and four assists per game. His play helped lead the Terriers to an undefeated record in District 8-4A play and a 22-7 overall mark. Vandebilt's season ended with a trip to the Class 4A regionals, where they lost to Alexandria.
Leslie, who is getting looks from several in-state colleges and junior colleges, earned second-team Class 4A All-State honors this year, and he participated in the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association boys and girls all-star games at Centenary's Gold Dome in Shreveport on March 16.
Despite losing on the losing end of the LHSBCA All-Star game, Leslie led his team with 18 points with seven rebounds and five assists in the game.
Other members of the All-Region first team are Vandebilt's Elijah McGuire, H.L. Bourgeois' Isaac Allridge and St. James' Jared Wiggins.
McGuire, who shared the District 8-4A MVP honors with Leslie, scored 17 points with eight assists and seven rebounds per game as a guard for the Terriers this season.
McGuire, a 5-11 senior who signed on to play football at Louisiana-Lafayette next year, was named a honorable mention selection on the LSWA All-State team.
Allridge, a senior, was an important contributor for the Braves, which finished 22-9 overall and earned a share of the District 7-5A title with Westgate and New Iberia.
Allridge, who is receiving looks from several small colleges, averaged 19.1 points per game to go with 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Wiggins, a 6-4 senior, was a key part of the Wildcats' 21-7 record this season, scoring 14.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. St. James advanced to the second-round of the Class 3A playoffs, where it lost to Farmerville, and Wiggins ended his senior year with honorable mention honors on the LSWA All-State team.
Members of the All-Region second team were Ellender's Cameron Parfait, Thibodaux's Trevon Cole, Houma Christian's Guy Campbell, Assumption's Kenyatta Charles, South Terrebonne's Patrick Wilson and Covenant Christian's Datren Williams.