Posted On: 10/16/21 3:07 PM

The landscape of Louisiana’s basketball scene has long since been defined by the high schools running along or near I-20 and I-10. And while those teams have certainly not gone by the wayside, there are some perennial powerhouses and up-and-coming programs in Central Louisiana (Cenla) that deserve some attention. So without further ado, here’s a preview of my top 5 teams and an introduction to some of their players.

5. Tioga Indians

After finishing 15-15 and being knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by Edna Carr last season, the Indians are more experienced and will be a team to be reckoned with in Class 4A. Under second year head coach Tay Gill, Tioga returns three key seniors.

Guard Deyontez Baptiste Deyontez Baptiste 5'11" | PG Tioga | 2022 State LA was the team’s leading scorer a year ago and puts the ball in the basket exceptionally well at all three levels. He is a blur off the dribble and a fast break waiting to happen. The 6’3” Sherman Hawkins is a tremendous leaper and has probably grown the most as a player over the summer. His work ethic is there, and Coach Tay looks for him to play a big role this season. Lastly, Kiyon

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