Porter, McDowell Receive LABC's Top Honors
April 29, 2008Shreveport, La. - LSUS senior guard Josh Porter was named as the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) Small College Player of the Year, and LSUS head coach Chad McDowell was named the Small College Coach of the Year as selected by the men's college basketball coaches in the State of Louisiana.
Porter led the Pilots in scoring during the 2007-08 campaign after averaging 21.9 points per contest. Porter became the 5th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career, while finishing the season with the second highest scoring average in school history.
The Southwood High School product finished the season as the GCAC Player of the Year and the Basketball Times NAIA Co-Player of the Year. Porter was also selected to the NAIA Coaches' All-America First Team and the NABC/State Farm All-America First Team.
Porter is the second LSUS men's basketball player to receive the award, as Fredericko Payne was the recepient in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
LSUS’s head coach Chad McDowell was awarded the Small College Coach of the Year for the fifth year in-a-row after leading the Pilots to a 31-3 record during the 2007-08 season, including the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships. The Pilots' 31 victories set a new school record for wins in a season, surpassing the mark set by the 2005-06 squad (28-4).
McDowell has compiled a 132-35 record in five seasons at LSUS, the best winning percentage of any coach in the state of Louisiana during that span.
Porter and McDowell will receive their awards at the LABC's 34th Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 10 in Baton Rouge.