LAFAYETTE, La. — Already off to a 1-0 start to the 2012-13 season, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball team added a pair of victories as Kimani Jackson (Arlington, TX/Seguin) and Hayward Register (Lafayette, La./Comeaux) have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Louisiana and play basketball beginning in the fall of 2013.
Head coach Bob Marlin made the announcement on Friday. The NCAA early signing period runs Nov. 14-21.
“This is a very good start to our recruiting effort for the year,” Louisiana head coach Bob Marlin said. “With such a young team this year, we had very few areas where we needed to add youth and the signing of Kimani and Hayward fills two of those spots.
“Kimani will help us to improve on our size and depth in the post while Hayward gives us another perimeter scorer,”Marlin added.
Jackson, a 6-7, 220-pound forward, was a pre-season all-league selection this year. He is averaging 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and 1.8 blocks this season at Arlington's Seguin High.
Ranked as the No. 88 player in the State of Texas by TexasHoops.com, Jackson played his junior year at Plano West High, helping the team to a 26-9 record and a second place district finish.
Jackson plays for former Cajun Bobby Thigpen (1989-92) on a team that had three players sign letters of intent this week.
“Kimani is a post player who can play inside out and should be a physical presence in the post for us,” Marlin said. “We think that he is still growing so 6-7 could become 6-8 or 6-9 and he has the type of frame that will allow him to fill out.”
Register, a 6-2, 170-pound shooting guard, earned second team all-state honors a year ago after averaging 20.1 points and 5.6 rebounds a game, helping Comeaux High to a 23-11 record.
Named the 2011-12 All-Acadiana MVP by the Lafayette Daily Advertiser and the district MVP, scoring a season-high 37 points against Westgate in the regional semi-finals of the state tourney.
“Hayward is a natural scorer who has the quickness to get himself to the basket and shooting range to score from the perimeter,” Marlin said. “We also believe that he has the potential to develop into a good defensive player as well.”
“It is important to the program that we annually bring the best players from the Acadiana area into the program, and Hayward has the tools necessary to excel.”
The addition of Jackson and Register leave the Cajuns with one scholarship opening for next year.
The Cajuns opened the 2012-13 season with a 90-79 win over Oakland on Sunday and will play at Texas Southern on Friday (Nov. 16) at 7:00 p.m.