The accolades keep coming in for Louisiana men’s basketball outstanding senior JaKeenan Gant.
Gant has been declared a finalist for the Lefty Driesell Award for the second consecutive year, according to collegeinsider.com’s 2019 list that was announced on Monday.
The Lefty Driesell Award is presented annually to the top defensive player in college basketball, and Gant’s resume is quite lofty.
Gant is a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference forward and SBC Defensive Player of the Year. He led the conference in rebounds, snatching 8.7 per game. He also blocked 2.6 shots per night during the season and finished as the only Division I player in the country to average 20 points with eight rebounds and 2.6 blocks.
Gant finished third in the league in scoring with 20.5 points per game and was second in overall field goal percentage at 54.3%. He raised his game for SBC opponents, averaging 23.1 points per game in SBC games – third among all SBC players.
The award is named after the legendary Lefty Driesell who won 786 games in 41 years at Davidson, Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State. His teams were renowned for great defensive play, and he is eighth on the NCAA career Division I coaches victories list.