LSU Eunice Men’s Basketball head coach Byron Starks and sophomore guard Bryce Roberts were named the Louisiana Junior College Coach and Player of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC), it was recently announced. The Bengal duo will receive their awards on May 6 at the 49th annual awards banquet for the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches.
The awards come after another banner season for the Bengals, finishing 19-4 overall while earning the Louisiana Community Colleges Athletic Conference (LCCAC) regular season championship in undefeated fashion.
This is just the latest postseason honor for Roberts. The sophomore guard was named a first-team All-LCCAC member, the LCCAC player of the year and the only Louisiana representative on the NJCAA Region 23 Team.
The Bossier City, Louisiana native finished second in the LCCAC in scoring average, pouring in 14.9 points per game. Roberts added 3.9 rebounds/game, 1.9 assists/game while shooting better than 40 percent from three-point range. He enjoyed a career night on February 1 in his return home to the Shreveport area, going for 35 points in a runaway win over Southern-Shreveport. It stands as the most points scored in a single game in LSUE history.
Roberts marks the third straight year LSUE has a student-athlete named the Louisiana Junior College Player of the Year. He joins 2021 winner Jonathan Cisse and 2022 recipient Isaiah Payne.
Byron Starks has quickly grown LSU Eunice into the top junior college men’s basketball program in the state since overseeing the birth of the program during the 2018-2019 campaign. The Bengals have won the last four LCCAC titles and ride a 31-game conference win streak, dating back to the 2019-2020 campaign.
LSUE has captured the last three conference regular season championships with undefeated records.
This is the fourth straight year the LABC has honored Coach Starks with the highest honor in the state for junior college men’s basketball.
Press release by LSUE Athletics