After a hectic few days, Julien signs with Texas State

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Alongside his parents, St. Amant basketball star Courtney Julien (far right) signs with Texas State. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

It was a hectic three days for St. Amant basketball star Courtney Julien, but he wouldn't have had it any other way.

The frenetic stretch all led to him gathering in the Gold Dome Thursday night alongside friends and family to celebrate his decision to sign with Texas State.

"This is a huge honor," St. Amant head basketball coach Travis Uzee said. "You don't see many guys in this parish recruited to play basketball at Division I programs. You can count them on your hands, but Courtney's met the academic requirements, and he's certainly met the athletic requirements."

The dominos began to fall on Tuesday night when the Gators hosted their season opener against Denham Springs.

Julien exploded for 42 points as he helped lead St. Amant to a 75-66 win. The timing couldn't have been any more perfect. There to see him pour in the 42 were scouts from both Texas State and UL Monroe.

The next day, Texas State contacted Julien with a scholarship offer and allowed him the opportunity to sign at the last hour of the early signing period. If he passed, he would have had to wait until the spring to sign.

Coach Uzee said an excited Julien quickly came to him with the news, but he told the senior to go home and give some thought to the decision before pulling the trigger.

That night, Julien decided that the opportunity was just too good to pass up. He officially signed with Texas State.

And on Thursday night, Julien gathered with Uzee, his teammates, his family and friends to celebrate the occasion.

"Courtney deserves this. He deserves this opportunity," Uzee said. "It's been a pleasure coaching him. He's a great kid, a great player and he's one of the hardest workers on the team."

St. Amant's young and inexperienced roster struggled through some growing pains last season, but Julien was always the constant.

Despite being a first-year starter, he was often a prolific scorer. In one of their last games of the season, he put up 34 on the road against Dutchtown.

His steady play earned him first-team All-District 5-5A honors.

But despite Julien's ability to score, it's his ability to be a great teammate that may be just as impressive.

"His teammates love him. You don't see that very much these days where the guy that scores so much and takes so many shots is as well-liked by his teammates as Courtney is," Uzee said. "When he gets to that locker room, all the guys love him, and they're quick to give him a big hug, and I think that's really neat."

Now with such a big decision off of his chest, Julien can enjoy the rest of his senior season as he tries to lead the Gators back to the playoffs and come 2016, he'll be a proud member of the Texas State Bobcats.