St. Amant's Donald LeBlanc signs letter of intent

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Donald LeBlanc finished this past season averaging nearly 18 points a game along with 10 assists. Photo by Dewey Keller.

Standout point guard Donald LeBlanc of St. Amant recently signed a national letter of intent to attend junior college basketball powerhouse East Mississippi Community College.

A two-time All-State, all-district and All-Metro performer for head coach Gary Duhe's St. Amant Gators, LeBlanc will be joined on the EMCC campus in Scooba by his close friend Hayden Roddy, who will serve as a basketball team manager for EMCC head coach Mark White's program.

"Donald and Hayden are two super kids who have been like brothers during their high school days," EMCC's White noted. "They are both huge additions to our basketball program here at EMCC, and we are very fortunate that they'll be able to continue their friendship and basketball association on our campus."

LeBlanc, a two-year starting point guard for St. Amant, helped lead Coach Duhe's Gators to a two-year composite record of 37-25 and back-to-back playoff appearances.

This past season, as a senior for the 19-13 Gators, LeBlanc averaged 18 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and four steals per game in claiming All-District 5-5A first-team and Class 5A All-State second-team honors for the second consecutive season.

He was also selected to the Louisiana High School Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game and earned Baton Rouge Morning Advocate Large School (5A-4A-3A) All-Metro team accolades for the second straight year.

As a junior, the 5-foot-9, 155-pound LeBlanc was chosen District 5-5A MVP after averaging 17.5 points, 10 assists and six rebounds an outing for the 18-12 Gators.

"Donald is what we look for in a playmaker, and he'll remind EMCC fans of D.J. Evans (a former EMCC All-American entering his senior season at the University at Albany)," White said. "Donald is super-quick, very athletic and can score."

"Hayden is just so self-conscious in wanting to do a great job in everything he does," White added. "As a true team manager, he will be a huge asset to our program on a daily operational basis."

Beginning his seventh year at the EMCC men's basketball helm, White has completely transformed the Lions' basketball program since arriving on the Scooba campus from Mississippi State University in 2007.

This past season, the 20-8 EMCC Lions earned the school's fourth consecutive berth in the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., by claiming the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament title as well as the MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges) North Division regular-season crown for the fourth straight season.