NSU’s Lane repeats on All-Louisiana Team

The Louisiana Sports Writers Association provided one more well-earned honor for Northwestern State basketball senior Ishmael Lane.

He was a repeat selection on the All-Louisiana Team chosen by an LSWA panel and announced late Saturday night. The Demons’ standout was a second-team pick on the star-studded team topped by LSU guard Tremont Waters, the state player of the year.

The All-Louisiana award likely caps the collection of college accolades for Lane, whose resume expanded considerably in the 2018-19 season and afterward.

Late last month, Lane was awarded first-team Academic All-Southland Conference status. The senior communications major from Port Allen owns a 3.07 cumulative grade point average and is on pace to graduate in May.

At the season’s end, he was chosen first-team All-Southland and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year for his on-court exploits, and added acclaim from the National Association of Basketball Coaches as the leading vote-getter on its All-District 23 team.

Lane, a 6-8 senior forward/center from Port Allen, averaged 15 points and a conference-leading 11.3 rebounds per game in the 18-game Southland schedule. He posted seven double-doubles in a row from Jan. 19-Feb. 9, a string that topped NCAA Division I at that time, and had 11 overall in 2018-19, 26 in his career.

He led the league in blocked shots (69), including a conference-best eight stops against New Orleans on Feb. 6 when he nearly had the fifth triple-double in school history, posting 19 points and 15 rebounds, including a 16-foot jumper at the buzzer to force overtime.

Lane’s overall season averages were 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. He sank 50 percent of his shots, including 17 of 65 3-pointers, and made 61 percent at the free throw line. Lane averaged 1.4 assists and nearly one steal.

Lane finished ranked in NSU’s top 10 of three career statistics. His 1,467 points (12.5 career average) stand ninth all-time in Demon history, while his 842 rebounds are eighth and his 169 blocked shots are third.

In each of his four seasons, Lane led NSU in rebounding, blocks and shooting percentage while starting 114 of 117 games, all 31 as a senior. He finished with a career 52.6 percent shooting rate, including 36 3-pointers for a career 32 percent average. He was a 62.5 percent shooter on free throws.

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