The Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches has selected Bossier Parish Community College’s Mubarak Muhammed as the recipient of the Louisiana Junior College Player of the Year award for 2018. The LABC also selected BPCC coach Chris Lovell as the recipient of the Louisiana Junior College Coach of the Year award for 2018.
“This award is the result of hard work and resilience,” said Muhammed. “It’s a symbol of God’s blessing and recognition of my grind. I am humbled and grateful to have been selected as the player of the year.”
“I’m truly honored to receive this award,” said Lovell. “All the credit and glory goes to God. I’m thankful and blessed to have assistant coaches and players who have worked extremely hard to make us successful. It really makes me happy to see that people around the state are starting to take notice of what we’re doing here at BPCC.”
Listed on the roster as a power forward, Muhammed was the Cavaliers post player for the majority of the 2017-18 season. That didn’t prevent Muhammed from putting up some impressive numbers in his first season at BPCC. He averaged 14.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Muhammed averaged 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in NJCAA Division I Region XIV.
A native of Nigeria, Muhammed registered 15 double-doubles this season. He had 17 games in which he hauled down 10 or more rebounds. Muhammed shot 47.7 percent (156-327) from the field and 75.2 (106-141) percent from the free throw line. He averaged 1.5 blocked shots per game and blocked three or more shots in seven games this season.
Lovell just completed his second year as the men’s basketball head coach at BPCC. In the 50th anniversary of the college and the 35th season of Cavaliers basketball, Lovell led BPCC to a 17-14 record, which was the best record for a BPCC team in a decade.
BPCC’s 17 wins were the most wins posted by a Cavaliers team since the 2007-08 team won 17 games. The Cavs went 9-10 in Region XIV play, which is BPCC’s highest conference win total since moving into the region, considered to be one of the toughest in the country.
Lovell is the first BPCC coach since Louis Bonner to post double-digit win seasons in his first two seasons and to take the team to back-to-back postseason tournaments. After his Cavaliers won four straight games in the first two weeks of 2018, Lovell was named the Hoopdirt.com NJCAA Coach-of-the-Week on January 16, 2018.
Lovell has excelled in having players continue their careers at the next level. Five players off of this year’s team have signed with four-year schools, including forward Brandon Moore, who signed with Nicholls State University.
This is the second straight year in which a BPCC Cavalier has been selected by the LABC as the Junior College Player of the Year. In 2016-2017, Lasani Johnson, who’s now playing at Grambling State University, was the recipient of the honor.
— Charlie Cavell, BPCC Athletic Coordinator