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Posted On: 11/18/20 8:09 PM

Louisiana’s class 4A is the most hotly contested class of all the classifications. The schools and the athletes in this class are some of the top names and programs that are on the prep scene. Needless to say, these preseason picks were some of the hardest to make. With the wealth of quality players in this class, this will be the hardest team for the sportswriters to choose.

1st Team (In alphabetical order)

Joe CharlesJoeCharles6'7" | SFCarencro | 2021StateLA (6’7″ Senior / Carencro)

Carter DomingueCarterDomingue6'3" | PGSt. Thomas More | 2021StateLA (6’3″ Senior / St. Thomas More)

JonQuarius McGheeJonQuariusMcGhee6'3" | CGOpelousas | 2021StateLA (6’4″ Senior / Opelousas)

Jamond VincentJamondVincent6'2" | SGLandry-Walker | 2021StateLA (6’2″ Senior / L.B. Landry)

Solomon WashingtonSolomonWashington6'7" | PFCarver | 2022StateLA (6’6″ Junior / Carver)

Carter DomingueCarterDomingue6'3" | PGSt. Thomas More | 2021StateLA was first team all-state and district MVP last season.  While he will be pushed by his teammate on the 2nd team (hint), Domingue should be first team again.  His leadership skills mixed with his jumper and basketball IQ should help him garner the placement.  I really cannot believe that Jamond VincentJamondVincent6'2" | SGLandry-Walker | 2021StateLA is a senior.  It seems like yesterday when he was playing in the 5A championship game.  Now, the UNO-commit will attempt to win one in class 4A.  With the squad riding with him, he might just finish the deal this year.  

JonQuarius McGheeJonQuariusMcGhee6'3" | CGOpelousas | 2021StateLA has been one of the most improved recruits in the state.  The Nicholls State-commit has the game to lead his team to Marsh Madness.  After last year’s disappointment, McGhee should be prized and ready for a deep run.  Solomon WashingtonSolomonWashington6'7" | PFCarver | 2022StateLA has the game to be the defensive MVP (if there was one) in the class and the most outstanding player.  Carver will push for a second consecutive trip to Lake Chales and Washington will be the conductor on that train.   Joe CharlesJoeCharles6'7" | SFCarencro | 2021StateLA will bounce all the way back from his knee injury and have a season to remember.  With Coach Kovatch putting Charles in areas to be successful, I believe Joe takes that big chip on his shoulder and shows the rest of class 4A he is about business.  

2nd Team (In alphabetical order)

Dorian FinisterDorianFinister6'5" | SFCarver | 2022StateLA (6’5″ Junior / Carver)

Jaden TylerJadenTyler6'0" | CGAssumption | 2021StateLA (6’1″ Senior / Assumption)

Delatrion MotonDelatrionMoton6'4" | CGWoodlawn-Shreve | 2021StateLA (6’4″ Senior / Woodlawn-Shreveport)

Jaden ShelvinJadenShelvin6'2" | CGSt. Thomas More | 2021StateLA (6’2″ Senior / St. Thomas More)

Dionjahe ThomasDionjaheThomas6'8" | PFEllender | 2022StateLA (6’8″ Junior / Ellender)

Dorian FinisterDorianFinister6'5" | SFCarver | 2022StateLA is one of the more exciting players in the open floor regardless of class.  He did his fair share of scoring last season and should have an uptick with more responsibility this year.  Honorable mention last season.  Second team this year.  Jaden TylerJadenTyler6'0" | CGAssumption | 2021StateLA made the second team the previous two seasons.  He has first team game but the talent is so rich in this class that he may land on the 2nd team yet again.    

Dionjahe ThomasDionjaheThomas6'8" | PFEllender | 2022StateLA made the second team during his sophomore season at Ellender.  His numbers may see an improvement but I think he will still land on the second team.  Jaden ShelvinJadenShelvin6'2" | CGSt. Thomas More | 2021StateLA may replace his teammate on the first team.  He and Domingue make such a tough duo and they play both ends.  I think second team.  However, he could be district MVP and make the first team easily.  Delatrion MotonDelatrionMoton6'4" | CGWoodlawn-Shreve | 2021StateLA may be part of a Knight deep playoff run in football and miss a chunk of the season.  He is a leader and big game player though which I believe will be enough to land him on the second team.

Others to consider:

Rayshun McCullarRayshunMcCullar6'0" | PGHuntington | 2022StateLA (6’1″ Junior / Assumption) – He did not make any of the three teams last year which seemed odd especially with Huntington’s success.  McCuller will push for first or second though and has the game to do it.  

Avontez LedetAvontezLedet6'3" | CGCecilia | 2021StateLA (6’3″ Senior / Cecilia) – One of the best shooters in the state who has the greenlight to shoot anytime.  The Lamar signee will make it hard to keep him off one of these teams by season’s finish.  

Jamaar MooreJamaarMoore6'1" | CGWashington-Marion | 2021StateLA (6’1″ Senior / Washington-Marion) – One of the best two-way players in the Boot will have numbers in every statistical category to be apart of the discussion.  It may be enough.  We will have to wait and see.  

De’vondrake ArvieDe’vondrakeArvie6'2" | CGBeau Chene | 2022StateLA (6’1″ Junior / Beau Chene) – The Beau Chene guard is another player who fills up the stat sheet.  Look for him to push very hard to make one of these squads.

Patrick McCraneyPatrickMcCraney6'0" | CGNeville | 2022StateLA (6’1″ Junior / Neville) – The 4A MVP should have another stellar season.  Neville plays a tough schedule so he will have ample opportunity to show what he can do against top tier competition.  

Amauri ColemanAmauriColeman6'0" | CGPeabody | 2021StateLA (6’2″ Senior / Peabody) – A Peabody guard has to be on the list at some point.  Coleman can defend and shoot at a high level.  We will see if it is enough to be on the first or second team.  

Check you local high school game listing to see when one of these players is on the floor in your area.