UL Lafayette's head basketball coach Bob Marlin celebrates the play on the sidelines as the Ragin' Cajuns play against the UL Monroe Warhawks at the Cajundome on February 16, 2019.

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns have had a multitude of changes occur to their roster this offseason, but one major addition will be Devin Butts.

Butts, a former Mississippi State Bulldog, will now trade in his maroon and white for our Ragin’ Cajun red.

Butts is a 6-foot-6-inch guard who will have three years of eligibility remaining. He is the second Division I transfer to join the Ragin’ Cajuns during the offseason, joining the University of Portland transfer Theo Akwuba.

“Devin is a wing player who can play multiple positions, has a good feel for the game, and can score at all three levels,” Head Coach Bob Marlin said. “His time at Mississippi State was great for his college development. He has competed against some really good players with length and athleticism.”

With the addition of a few transfer players, the Ragin’ Cajuns have also seen multiple players enter the transfer portal to take their talents elsewhere.

Jalen Johnson, Louisiana’s leading scorer and rebounder in the 2019-20 season, has decided to take his talents to Starkville, Mississippi, as he has transferred to Mississippi State.

Johnson averaged 15.5 points per game during the 2019-20 season, which ranked him sixth among Sun Belt Conference scoring leaders. He also averaged 15.0 points during conference play so his departure will be a huge loss for the Cajuns.

The 6-foot-7-inch, 205-pound Johnson entered the transfer portal last month and drew interest from several Power Five and mid-major programs. Before making his final decision in May, many stated that Johnson was down to Mississippi State and Georgia.

“We appreciate Jalen's contributions to our basketball team, both on and off the court, during the 2019-20 season. He spoke with me in the past couple of weeks about early entry into the NBA Draft and he has completed his paperwork. Jalen is on course to graduate this spring and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Head Coach Bob Marlin said in a statement on Johnson’s transfer.

Johnson is a major loss as he was UL Lafayette’s leading scorer in his first season with the Cajuns, but with Cedric Russell at the helm of this Ragin’ Cajun squad, there is a calming presence as he is experienced, poised, and not afraid of the big moments.

After a disappointing 2019-20 season going 14-19 (8-12 in conference play), the Ragin Cajuns look to have their eyes set on huge goals for the 2020-21 season.

True-freshman Mylik Wilson averaged an efficient 11.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game for the Cajuns.

Wilson, the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, saw crucial minutes down the stretch of the season as the Ragin’ Cajuns suffered from an injury-riddled roster.

A huge portion of the Cajun’s success in the 2020-21 season will fall onto the shoulders of Mylik Wilson and Cedric Russell, as this squad will take time to develop the chemistry needed to produce late in the season.

With all eyes on a Sun Belt Conference title, the Cajuns have all the talent to achieve this goal, as only time will tell their fate.

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