The Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball squad, led by Cedric Russell and Theo Akwuba, capped off their 2020-21 season in Pensacola, Florida this past weekend in the Sun Belt Conference tournament.
Star guard, Cedric Russell, averaged a career-best 17.2 points per game this season on an eye-opening 40% shooting from three-point range. Junior big man Theo Akwuba averaged an efficient 11.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and a whopping 2.6 blocks per game for the Cajuns.
Akwuba, the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, saw crucial minutes down the stretch of the season as the Ragin’ Cajuns relied on his paint presence to provide defensive stops night in and night out.
A consensus four-star prospect on most major recruiting sites, Freshman Guard Ty Harper lived up to the hype and then some in his freshman campaign, stepping into the starting lineup with only a handful of games under his belt.
Back in early February, Harper had a 19-point explosion in a win against Troy on 5-5 shooting from three-point range, putting his name on the map.
A portion of Harper’s success can be due to the off-court mentorship by guard Cedric Russell.
Russell, a senior for the Cajuns, really encompassed the role as one of the leaders on this squad.
“I’ve really embraced the role,” Russell said in an interview earlier this season. “I was just telling one of my past teammates, ‘Time flies, man.’ I remember my first day I was here. And now I’m one of the Bryce Washington’s or Johnathan Stoves.”
The “Big 3” of Cedric Russell, Theo Akwuba and Mylik Wilson was on full display all season as the three accounted for nearly 42 points per game.
For postseason honors, Akwuba led the charge earning Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year along with being named to Second Team All- Conference.
Senior guard Cedric Russell capped off an incredible career, earning First Team All-Conference in his final year for the Cajuns.
The future is bright for the Cajuns as a majority of this year’s roster will be returning next season, namely sophomore guard Mylik Wilson, Freshman Guard Ty Harper and Sophomore sniper Devin Butt’s to label a few.
After going 17-9 this season and finishing fourth in the conference, the Cajuns will look to build off of this season heading into the 2021-22 season. With key pieces returning, the sky’s the limit for this Ragin’ Cajuns squad.