In the spring of 2019 Hunter Strickland and Ladamien Bradford were in Lake Charles leading their respective schools, Weston High and Jonesboro-Hodge, onto the court at the LHSAA state championship basketball tournament.
Now Strickland is in Alexandria and Bradford in Ruston as they are participating in their second season of collegiate competition. Strickland is entering his 2nd season at LSU Alexandria, which competes in the NAIA, while Bradford is at Louisiana Tech after spending a season with Texas A & M University.
At 6’8″, 210 lbs. the son of Jason and Stacy (Saulters) Strickland is expected to provide a post presence for the Generals this season. Last year, “Porzingis” as he is called by his teammates at LSUA, appeared in eight games and averaged 2.9 points per game. He made 11 of his 13 shot attempts for an 84.6 percent shooting average and hauling down nine total rebounds. So far this season, Strickland has appeared in both Generals games where he scored four points in the 115-67 win over North American.
2019 Jonesboro-Hodge graduate, LaDamien Bradford, will make his regular season debut with Louisiana Tech on Tuesday,November 9th when the “Dunkin Dawgs” open their 2021-22 campaign at the University of Alabama. The 6’5” shooting guard transferred to Tech over the summer after spending a season with Texas A&M University of the SEC.
In his first year of NCAA competition, Bradford averaged 7 minutes of playing time in a reserve role for the Aggies that allowed him to retain red-shirt Freshman status at Tech. Highlights of the season included three points, two rebounds and an assist against LSU and two steals against South Carolina.
In Tech’s 86-50 exhibition game victory over Mississippi College on Thursday, November 4th, Bradford scored three points, had three rebounds and dished out two assists in a little over 15 minutes of playing time.
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