After making his Ragin’ Cajuns debut on Dec. 19, freshman Ty Harper hasn’t looked back as he has been lighting it up for Coach Marlin’s squad.
The six-foot-three-inch freshman guard from Norcross, Georgia, became eligible after the fall semester, electing to enroll early in order to make an immediate impact for the Cajuns squad.
Harper, who averaged 15.5 points per game as a senior, helped Santa Clarita Christian (Calif.) to a 24-6 record, winning the 2020 CIF-Southern Sectional Division 2AA title. Harper was named the Division 2AA Player of the Year and was a first-team All-Southern California and All-Area selection.
Harper chose Louisiana over schools such as USC and Virginia Tech, among many others. Harper felt he could come in early and produce for the Cajuns right off the bat.
Harper played his high school ball in California before selecting the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
“The staff really wants me and see me coming in and playing right away. I have family in Louisiana, and I wanted to be closer to my mother who lives in Georgia. It’s the right fit for me & my development not only as a player but as a man." Harper stated in an interview with analyst Jeff Goodman.
One word to describe Harper’s game is fearless. The young athlete has continued to impress UL Lafayette coaches and fans throughout his shortened freshman season.
The lefty has a smooth shooting motion along with the ability to get to the rim at will, contorting his body to seemingly always finish through contact.
Harper has stepped up when needed, scoring 17 points on 5-5 from three-point range in a meaningful game against Louisiana-Monroe. The freshman also played a career-high 35 minutes against the Warhawks.
Getting his teammates involved is another noteworthy attribute to Harper’s game as his vision and ability to squeeze passes through tight windows has been on full display for the Cajuns.
Though a small sample size, we have seen immediate success for the Georgia native as he made the challenging decision of enrolling early.
With the Cajuns wrapping up their regular season this previous weekend against Little Rock in a two-game series, Harper and the Louisiana squad will shift their attention fully towards the Sun Belt Conference tournament in Pensacola, Florida.
With Harper beginning to get more comfortable on the floor with his peers, an NCAA tournament bid is not far-fetched for the Cajuns. All eyes will be on the young freshman as he continues to make a name for himself in Lafayette.