After an up and down 2020-21 season, the Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball squad has revamped their entire roster from top to bottom. After gaining a multitude of Power Five talent, this Louisiana group looks destined for a standout 2021-22 season.
Coach Bobby Marlin has added a list of Division I transfers to this team which includes Lafayette native and former St. John’s guard Greg Williams, Jr., along with Arizona transfer Jordan Brown and San José State guard Jalen Dalcourt.
The most recent domino to fall for the Cajuns is former Creighton University guard Antwann Jones, who has committed to play for Coach Marlin’s group. Jones has had two short stints with both University of Memphis and Creighton, looking to make an immediate impact in Lafayette for the Cajuns after a tremendous experience with two Power Five schools.
“We are excited to add Antwann to this recruiting class,” Marlin said. “Antwann is a versatile guard and his ability to pass, rebound and score will help our team play in a variety of ways. Throughout his career he has demonstrated the ability and willingness to do what the team needed to win.”
With an experienced roster full of high-profile talent, it looks as though Coach Marlin has a team that can compete for a chance to reach the NCAA tournament come March.
To start, Williams, a former four-star recruit, will give the team an athletic wing that can score the ball at will, all while providing highlight reel plays with his pure athleticism and ability to finish flashy dunks.
Williams is a Lafayette native who looks to come in on day one and provide key minutes for the Cajuns with his experience on full display.
Next, former five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American, Brown will play for the Cajuns after a stint at the University of Arizona where he gained tremendous experience playing in the Pac-12.
The 2020-21 Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year, who is the first McDonald's All-American to commit to UL Lafayette, told Jon Rothstein he "just felt a real connection with the coaching staff. I feel like they can help me get where I want to go.”
The additions of both Williams and Brown gives Coach Marlin two of the most talented transfers this program has ever seen — not to mention Jones committing to play for the Cajuns as well. With three of the most coveted transfers in the portal, Coach Marlin is in a prime position to make a tournament run.
With COVID-19 giving players the opportunity to gain an extra year of eligibility, the Cajuns will be getting both seniors Cedric Russell and Dou Gueye for another season.
Russell has the opportunity to build off an excellent senior season last season and earn Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year this upcoming year.
As Coach Marlin has added numerous high-profile transfers and returning key starters in Russell and Theo Akwuba, expectations will be high heading into the 2021-22 season with one of the most talented rosters in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s history.