The LSUS men’s basketball program and Coach Kyle Blankenship has tapped into the Bossier High School pipeline again, signing a pair of former Bearkats on Friday afternoon. Lyndale James and Rashard Owens will transfer to LSUS and continue their playing careers for the Pilots after competing at the at the NJCAA Division 1 level last season.
“I am so excited to welcome both Lyndale and Rashard to the Pilot family,” said Coach Blankenship. “It’s not often that you get to sign two outstanding players in the same afternoon. What’s even better is that they are both fine young men who will represent this program with first class on and off the court. Having both played at Bossier High School, I know that they will each bring a toughness and unmatched work ethic to the table.”
James is a 6’6 forward who played the past two years at Bossier Parish Community College. He averaged 11 points and 7.6 rebounds per game during his sophomore season. As a freshman, James led the Cavaliers in both scoring and rebounding.
“Lenny is the type of post player we seek in our program. He may be undersized, but his toughness and relentless pursuit of the basketball will be a huge asset for us. He is a very strong and athletic kid that we will be able to utilize in multiple ways. LSUS has had a lot of success with Lyndale James type players and we expect him to have a great career here,” added Coach Blankenship.
Owens comes to The Dock after a one-year stint at San Jacinto College. After battling injuries for much of his freshman season, he will transfer to LSUS with three seasons left to play. As a freshman, Owens played in 18 games and averaged just under 4 points per contest. As a senior at Bossier High he netted 12 points per game and 4 rebounds.
“Rashard is an extremely gifted shooter that we will count on to come in and contribute right away. He has unlimited range and has great size (6’6) and length from the wing position. He was a part of a Bossier High School team that won 132 games over his four-year career there. Rashard is a winner and a tremendous young man,” ended Coach Blankenship.
James and Owens re-join forces with fellow high school teammate and current LSUS Pilot Joseph James. The two become the third and fourth Bossier High School products to sign with the Pilots under Coach Blankenship’s watch.