LAKE CHARLES, La. — The 2017-18 was a step in the right direction for the McNeese State Cowboys in the Southland Conference.
In the 2016-17 season, the Cowboys went just 7-22 overall, and 4-14 in conference play. Fast forward to this season, and they improved their overall record by four wins, finishing the year at 11-18 overall. Being seven games below .500 may not scream improvement, but the fact that they had a chance at a spot in the Southland Conference on the last game of the regular season shows that the team was trending upwards.
Now, with the transfer news that came out on Sunday surrounding two of the team’s top four scorers, the Cowboys may take a step or two backwards in 2018-19.
Per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, brothers Kalob Ledoux and Jacob Ledoux are transferring from the program, leaving a pair of holes to fill as the Cowboys look ahead to next season, and beyond.
Goodman sent out the following tweets on Sunday in regards to the transfers.
Kalob Ledoux led the Cowboys in scoring last season as a sophomore, averaging 15.0 points to go along with 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. He had 21 games with double-digit points, including each of his final five games of the season to help McNeese remain in contention for a Southland Conference tournament spot.
He posted 17 points and six rebounds in the Cowboys’ 69-60 win over the Lamar Cardinals to close out the regular season on March 3rd.
Twin brother Jacob Ledoux was a key role player for the Cowboys over his two years at McNeese. As a sophomore, he averaged 8.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, while shooting over 42% from the floor.
He saw his minutes increase from 9.2 per game as a freshman to over 19 per game in 2017-18.
It will be interesting to see whether or not both players stick together on the transfer market, or whether they will go their separate ways.
In the past, we’ve seen both scenarios play out. The Martin twins, Caleb and Cody Martin, transferred together to the Nevada Wolf Pack. Following the 2016-17 season, brothers Marcus Weathers and Michael Weathers transferred from the Miami (OH) RedHawks and landed at different schools.
Marcus transferred to the Duquesne Dukes, while Michael committed to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Both are eligible for their new teams in the 2018-19 season.
– T. Bennett