Claiborne, Brown and Bayonne honored by NAIA

Published: Mar. 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM CDT
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Both LSUA basketball teams found representation on the NAIA All-American lists as William Claiborne was named a first team member and JaMichael Brown an honorable mention on the men's side, while Danyale Bayonne became the first LSUA women's basketball NAIA All-American as a member of the third team the NAIA announced.

William Claiborne, a 6-9 senior forward/center from Slidell, La., became LSUA's fourth ever First Team NAIA All-American, joining DeAngelo Coleman, Brian Sylvester, and Jordin Williams. Claiborne was a force inside for LSUA all season, leading the NAIA in field goal percentage, hitting 73.9% of his shots on the season, and offensive rebounds per game, grabbing 3.9 of them. During the course of the season, Claiborne became the fourth General to reach the 1,000 career points scored milestone. The previous RRAC Freshman of the Year award winner earned a spot on this year's All-Conference First Team.

JaMichael Brown, a 6-0 senior guard from Raceland, La., became LSUA's third member of the honorable mention list, also joining Coleman and Sylvester. Brown was the leader of the LSUA offense as the point guard, dishing out a LSUA single season record 229 assists on the year. Brown finished the season #1 in the NAIA in assist per game average, 7.6, and #2 in total assists, 229. He was also in the top 50 in the NAIA in steals per game, 1.6, and total steals, 48. The first year General was also named an All-Conference First Team member.

On the women's side, Danyale Bayonne made LSUA history by becoming the first All-American in the Generals' fifth season of basketball, finding herself listed on the NAIA All-American Third Team. The 5-9 sophomore guard/forward from Pineville, La. was a scoring machine for the Generals in her first season at LSUA. During LSUA's most successful campaign in program history to date, Bayonne averaged 19.8 points per game, breaking the LSUA single season records for points per game and total points, with 496. Her 19.8 point per game average was also seventh highest throughout all of the NAIA. For her efforts, Bayonne was also named the RRAC's Newcomer of the Year and an All-Conference First Team member.

Both LSUA basketball teams advanced to their respective NAIA National Championship Tournaments, with the women's team making it there for the first time in program history. Both teams also advanced in the tournaments, with the women's team making it to the second round while the men advanced into the quarterfinals. The women's team finished with a program record for wins in a single season, 22, while the men's team hit the 30 win milestone for the second time in program history.

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