Nov 13, 2013 7:18 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. -- With a pair of basketball wins already this year on the basketball hardwood, Louisiana head coach Bob Marlin picked up a pair of wins on the recruiting front on Wednesday when Scott Plaisance (New Orleans, La./Country Day) and Bryce Washington (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine) signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and play basketball beginning in the fall of 2014.
Plaisance and Washington both signed on Wednesday, the first day that high school student-athletes were allowed to sign letters of intent.
"We are excited to go to the New Orleans area and add two quality players to the Ragin' Cajuns program like Bryce and Scott," Marlin said. "It was our goal in recruiting this year to increase the size of our lineup and we couldn't be happier that we found two players from two of the strongest programs in New Orleans."
Plaisance, a 6-9, 210-pound power froward from New Orleans, was named the Louisiana Class 1A Player of the Year after averaging 15.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game and leading Country Day High School to a 26-11 record and the state title.
In the state championship game, Plaisance capped a comeback from 20 points down when he hit a short jumper with seven seconds left to force overtime. In OT, it was all Country Day as the Cajuns came away with a 60-54 win.
Plaisance was twice honored as the New Orleans Small School Player of the Week as a junior.
Plaisance, who is rated the No. 6 player in New Orleans on the latest Times-Picayune Super 16, comes from a basketball family. His mother, DoBee Plaisaince, is in her sixth season as head women's basketball coach at Nicholls State, and his sister, Theresa, earned first team All-SEC honors as a junior at LSU in 2012-13 and is a candidate for national player of the year honors this season. He was coached at Country Day by Mike McGuire.
"Coming from a basketball family, Scott knows the game," Marlin said. "He needs to add some weight to fill out his 6-9 frame, but he is an excellent runner and smart, tough player on the court."
Washington, a 6-6, 230-pound forward from New Orleans, earned first team all-district 10-4A honors last year after averaging 13.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, helping lead his team to a 25-10 record.
Ranked No. 13 on the Times-Picayune, he is coached at St. Augustine by Mitchell Johnson.
"Bryce is a student of the game who has a solid grasp of the fundamentals of the game," Marlin said. "He sneaks up on opponents because he isn't real flashy and it isn't until you see the stats after the game that you notice all of the things that he does for his team."
The Ragin' Cajuns (2-0) take to the road this week for the first time in 2013-14, playing games at Arkansas on Friday and Baylor on Sunday as part of a stretch that has them playing six of seven games on the road.
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