Eagles’ McCain, Jenkins named All-State once again

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Sports Editor

The Class C state championship isn’t the only repeat performance that Reserve Christian currently boasts.

Eagle guards Eddren McCain and Cedric Jenkins were each named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class C boys All-State first team for the second straight year.

McCain has also been named the year’s Outstanding Player.

The do-it-all senior point guard averaged a triple-double this season, notching 19.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 13.3 assists per game.

“It means a lot,” said McCain. “I’ve been at it since my 10th grade year. It’s been a fun, long season.”

Said Reserve Coach Timmy Byrd: “It couldn’t go to a more deserving person. I’m glad the writers recognized it. I think he and Greg Monroe are the two best in the state.”

While McCain’s playing ability is immense, perhaps just as important to his team was the leadership he provided game in and game out.

“He’s a coach on the floor. His obvious profession is to coach after his playing days are over,” said Byrd.

McCain said that that status was an exhausting, but rewarding job.

“My senior season took a lot out of me,” he said. “I felt like I needed to get everyone around me better, not just myself. But it paid off. We finally accomplished our goal.”

That goal was winning the team’s fourth consecutive state championship, which it did on Saturday by defeating Athens 92-48 in the final of the boys Top 28 tournament at the Cajundome in Lafayette.

Jenkins was voted as the MVP of that game, scoring 33 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and notching four steals.

“Cedric came off of a broken leg to have an outstanding season,” said Byrd. “He took off from where he left off when he made All-State as a freshman.

“The way he played in that last game was incredible.”

Jenkins, a sophomore, averaged 20.6 points per game this season.

Byrd said that both players made things easier on him this season.    

“Those two are arguably not only the two best players in Class C, but two of the best in possibly any classification,” he said.

“I’m just really proud of both guys. They’re well deserving.”

Reserve’s Chris Roussell garnered honorable mention status after averaging 18 points per game this year.