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Cajun Recruits: M Tennis 1, Basketball (W) 3, Volleyball 2, Golf 2, Basketball (M) 4,

Men's Tennis Signs One For The 2018-19 Season - 11/16/2017

LAFAYETTE – The Ragin' Cajuns men's tennis team added one to their roster for the 2018 fall season when Kacper Dworak signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Cajuns.
Dworak, a six foot four-inch right hander, comes from Lodz, Poland and he makes the trip over the pond as one of the best students in his class.  His athleticism should be an impact for the Cajuns when he joins the team next fall.
The Cajuns are excited to add Dworak to the fold as Louisiana will, with the addition of the young right hander, field a talented and deep team for the 2018-19 season.

QUOTEWORTHY: (Associate head coach Luc Godin):
On Dworak: "We are incredibly excited to have Kacper join our program. He has everything needed to become an impact player for our program and beyond. He's extremely athletic, and he gets better every time he steps on the court.  We're excited that we will have a front seat in watching him develop. In addition to being one of the best players in Poland, Kacper embodies what a student-athlete should be. He is one of the best student's in his class and comes with high expectations not only on the court but also in the classroom."

Kacper Dworak:
On Joining the Ragin' Cajuns: "I'm really excited to come to Louisiana. I love setting new challenges for myself and this will be the biggest one I've had so far. The amount of opportunities Louisiana will give me is incredible. I'm looking forward to studying in a completely different education system and in a different language. Hopefully, we'll win plenty of matches."

FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsMT for updates and links to stories as the Cajuns gear up for the spring season, which starts on Jan. 13, 2018 with the Florida State Invitational.

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Women's Basketball Signs Three For The 2018-19 Season
- 11/10/2017

LAFAYETTE – The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team and head coach Garry Brodhead had a busy past two days signing three new women to a National Letter of Intent for the 2018 season.
Signing with the Ragin' Cajuns is Andrea Cournoyer (Merryville, La./Merryville HS), Brandi Williams (Lake Charles, La./Barbe HS) and Diamond Morrison (East View HS/Georgetown, Texas).  All three women are guards and they'll look to bolster the Cajuns backcourt starting next season.
"We are excited about this 2018 signing class," said Brodhead.  "They each bring everything we're looking for in a player.  We expect all three women to make an immediate impact on our program."

ANDREA COURNOYER: Cournoyer brings quite the resume to Louisiana, a 5-4 point guard, she's started at Merryville High School since sixth grade and she's got a great chance to become only the eight player in U.S. women's basketball history to score over 5,000 career points.
Last season she averaged 34.7 points per game, and her 265 steals was the sixth highest single season total in NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) history.  And she's been named All-State five time along with being a 2-time State 1A MVP.
"Andrea brings a very high basketball IQ," said Brodhead.  "Her ability to score as well as run the point guard position makes her a perfect fit for the system we run here at Louisiana."

BRANDI WILLIAMS: Williams, a 5-6 shooting guard with a quick release, helped lead Barbe High School team to a 33-4 2016-17 season.  Williams averaged 16.1 points per game in the 2016-17 season as Barbe had an undefeated season in 5A District 3 making a deep run in the Louisiana 5A State Playoffs losing in the championship game.
"Brandi is great scoring guard that also fits our philosophy," said Brodhead.  "The way she can run the floor will help us improve almost immediately."

DIAMOND MORRISON: Morrison, who's a 5-7 guard, brings size and athleticism to the Cajuns.  She'll be expected to play the wings for the Cajuns providing another option for Louisiana's post players to kick the ball out to.
She helped East View High School to a solid 6-4 record on the road, as she averaged 17 points per game and led her team in steals.  She did this playing a tough Texas school filled schedule and that toughness should translate well to what coach Brodhead wants from his teams.
"Diamond is a combo guard," said Brodhead.  "She brings the ability to score but she's got the ability to run as well, which is important in the style that we play here."

CAJUNS TIPPING OFF 2017: The Cajuns tip-off their season on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. as they host the New Orleans Privateers at the Cajundome in the first round of the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. 

HOW TO FOLLOW THE CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns @RaginCajunsWBB on twitter for updates and links to game recaps and any other news about Louisiana's women's basketball team.

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Volleyball Adds Two for 2018 During Signing Period - 11/10/2017
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball head coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot announced on Thursday the signing of two players to a National Letter of Intent for the 2018 season.
Signing with the Ragin' Cajuns is outside hitter Kelsey Bennett (Allen, Texas/Allen HS) and right side hitter Desiree Johnson (Forney, Texas/Forney HS).
58093Bennett, a 5-foot-11 product of Allen (Texas) High, has helped lead the Eagles to a district title in 2016 and a runner-up finish in the highly competitive District 6-6A. An Academic All-District and AP Honor Roll selection, she presently ranks second on the team in total kills and averages 2.5 per set.
A 6-rotation outside hitter, Bennett competes at the club level for Excel Volleyball Club in the North Texas Region, having served as Excel 17 Red Team captain in 2017 helping lead the team to a No. 38 ranking in the Prep Volleyball national club rankings. She was named to the 2017 GJNC National Division All-Tournament team.
"She is truly a gifted player," Mazeitis-Fontenot stated. "She sees the court well as has a high volleyball IQ. We are very excited that she is coming to us."
58094Johnson, a 5-foot-11 lefty out of Forney (Texas) High School, played at the club level with MadFrog Volleyball. She is a six-year volleyball player who is entering her third year playing on the national level.
Johnson's high school accolades include being named Newcomer of the Year in 2014 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2016. She produced 168 kills her freshman season, then 200-plus as a sophomore (346 kills) and junior (265) while hitting above .300 both years. She entered her senior season on the verge of 1,000 career kills (total stood at 779).
"She has long arms, large hands and adds to the athleticism of our squad," Mazeitis-Fontenot said of Johnson. "She is currently touching 10'3 and will be an exciting player to watch."
The Ragin' Cajuns (19-9, 12-2 Sun Belt) are enjoying a record-breaking season in 2017. The squad started Sun Belt play with a record 7-0 mark, posted the first winning conference mark since 2002 and has set the school record for SBC wins (previous was 11 in 2000). The team will play for the Sun Belt Conference West Division championship on Friday, Nov. 10 in San Marcos, Texas.
For more information on Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball, as well as all of Ragin' Cajuns Athletics, visit RaginCajuns.com. Fans can also follow along with the team on Facebook (/ULVolleyball), Twitter (@RaginCajunsVB) and Instagram (@RaginCajunsVB).

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Louisiana Golf Adds Flynn To 2018-19 Signing Class - 11/15/2017

LAFAYETTE, La. - Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns golf head coach Theo Sliman announced the addition of one of the top recruits in the state in Charlie Flynn to the 2018-19 signing class on Wednesday as he has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the program.
Flynn comes in the No. 1 ranked recruit in Louisiana with a 72.31 stroke average. In the last year, Flynn has notched nine rounds under par including four rounds in the 60s. The Shreveport, La., native has posted three top 5 finishes in his last 12 events and is ranked 132nd in the Rolex AJGA rankings.
A member of the golf team at Byrd High School, Flynn has competed in a number of prestigious tournament including the Under Armor/Jordan Spieth Championship, the Bubba Conlee National Junior Tournament, the Press Thornton Future Masters, the Southern Junior Championship and the Dustin Johnson World Junior.
Flynn has been a part of two state championships at Byrd HS and finished fourth last year at the All-State Sugar Bowl LHSAA State Golf Championships. He joins Hudson Dubinksi, the No.1 player from Missouri, on the signing class for the 2018-19 season.
Sliman on Charlie Flynn
"We are extremely excited and proud to have Charlie join our program. His talent, work ethic and character is exactly what we want representing our program. It has been fun and exciting recruiting Charlie over the past three years and watching him grow as a player and as a young man. Charlie certainly has accomplished a lot as a junior golfer as he comes in as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Louisiana and is in every major ranking. He is a player that will just continue to develop over the next four years with a very high ceiling ahead. Charlie has played a strong national schedule that is extremely competitive and has posted multiple rounds under par. He is a very mature golfer with an abundance of competitive knowledge that we are anxious to have on campus for the 2018-19 season."
Flynn on Sliman
"Simply put, Coach Theo Sliman is an awesome ambassador for both Louisiana and the Ragin' Cajuns golf program.  Coach Theo's passion for Louisiana golf and his total support of his players are the two things that impressed me most throughout my recruiting process.  Listening to Coach Sliman talk about his father, who also coached the Cajun golf team, it is apparent that he is dedicated to putting Ragin' Cajuns golf on the national stage, and I want to be a part of that.  Since the first day he started to recruit me, Coach Theo has encouraged me to enjoy the recruiting process and to thoroughly explore all of my options before making a final decision.  Having done exactly that, I am confident in my decision to play golf at Louisiana.  The dedication and drive coach has to be one of the very best is something I admire tremendously about him.  It will be an honor to be coached by him."
Flynn on facility/program
"The golf and training facilities at Louisiana are absolutely fantastic.  The newly completed team clubhouse at Oakbourne Country Club, with locker rooms, indoor hitting bays and a study room, puts Louisiana on par with the finest college facilities in the nation. The support that the people down in Lafayette give the golf team is amazing. To have such a dedicated and generous support group says a lot about a program.  I can't wait to get down there and be a part of such an amazing program. Although the Ragin' Cajuns golf team is young this year, coach has assembled a great group of talented players in Lafayette.  With these guys and the signing of Hudson Dubinski, Missouri's number one 2018 recruit, I am excited about the future of Louisiana golf. I look forward to doing my part to help Coach Theo and the team build a nationally recognized golf program at Louisiana."

Ragin’ Cajuns Golf Inks Dubinski For 2018-19 Season - 11-9-2017 
Hudson Dubinski Signing 2017
LAFAYETTE, La. – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns golf head coach Theo Sliman announced the signing of Hudson Dubinski to a National Letter of Intent for the 2018-19 Season on Thursday.

Dubinski, a native of Columbia, Mo., is a three-time All-State selection at Rock Bridge High School. He finished second in the state as a freshman helping guide Rock Bridge to a state championship. Dubinski also notched a top 5 finish as a junior in the Missouri state tournament.

Dubinski comes in as the No. 1 ranked recruit in Missouri and has competed in some of the top junior events around the country including numerous AJGA tournaments, the USGA Boys Junior Amateur Championship and the Bubba Conlee National Junior Golf Tournament.

This year, Dubinski placed third in the Midwest Junior Championship, while also carding a career low 66 (-6) at the 37th annual Bubba Conlee National Junior Golf Tournament. Dubinski became the youngest person to claim the Columbia City Championship in 2016 and defended his title in 2017. He has also qualified for 2017 US Junior Am at Oakbourne Country Club, home of the Louisiana golf program.

Sliman on Hudson Dubinski    “Very excited to have Hudson join our program. Through the recruiting process, I picked up immediately the type of character and coachability Hudson brings. He was an absolute joy to recruit. He is the epitome of what we look for in a student-athlete. He excels both on the course and in the classroom. Hudson comes from a strong athletic family with three older brothers who have competed in collegiate athletics. He has already shown the type of caliber player he is with a No. 1 ranking in the state of Missouri as well as competing on a national level in several well-respected events. Hudson has a very mature golf IQ and is a gritty competitor. Those two coupled are what is needed for a person to be a strong collegiate golfer. I am very anxious to get Hudson on campus for the 2018-19 season.”

Dubinski on Sliman    “First, I would like to thank coach Sliman for everything he has done in preparation for National Signing Day. He welcomed me with open arms from the first day we talked on the phone, and has been just as supportive since. It is easy to tell how well liked he is in Lafayette, and how committed he is to making the golf program at Louisiana as successful as possible. Coach Sliman’s golf knowledge is certainly valuable, but I truly believe he is an even better person.”

Hudson on the program/facility  “I think back to the first time I visited Lafayette this summer, and how each and every person, coach and I passed had something nice to say about the program and wished me good luck. The culture and family at Louisiana is something I cannot wait to be a part of. Lastly, the facilities I saw were immaculate. The student-athletic performance center and the golf training facility are great advantages, and are kept in pristine shape. I am truly excited to be a Ragin Cajun, and cannot wait to get back down to Lafayette!”

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Cajuns Add Prep Pair To 2018-19 Signing Class  - 11/15
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball coach Bob Marlin announced on Wednesday the signing of two players to a National Letter of Intent for the 2018-19 season.
Signing with the Ragin' Cajuns is guard Trajan Wesley (Houston, Texas/Cy Falls HS) and forward Kristian Lafayette (Detroit, Mich./TaylorMade Academy). The signing of the duo increased Louisiana's signing class to four, joining previous signees R.J. Gladney (DeRidder, La./DeRidder HS) and Kobe Julien (Baton Rouge, La./Madison Prep).
Wesley, a 5-foot-10 point guard, was a first-team all-district and first-team Class 6A All-State selection as a junior at Cy Falls High School. He averaged 11.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals as a junior, helping Cy Falls to the Region 3 District 17 championship and 2017 Class 6A UIL Texas state title.
Playing for a team that finished 17th in the country by Max Preps, Wesley scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter in the Eagles' 63-57 win over San Antonio Wagner in the Class 6A title game.
"Trajan is a true, up-tempo guard with great leadership qualities," Marlin said. "He has really good vision and prides himself on both ends of the floor. Trajan comes from a winning background at a Class 6A state championship program under head coach Richard Flores, and his toughness and winning mentality will be infectious to our team. We are excited to add Trajan to our program."
Lafayette, a 6-10 forward, attended Hazel Park (Mich.) High School before enrolling at TaylorMade (Fla.) Academy, where he is averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. As a senior, Lafayette helped HPHS to its first district title in over 50 years and a berth in the MHSAA Boy's Class B state playoffs.
"Kristian is a very skilled player who can shoot, pass and handle the ball exceptionally well for someone his size," Marlin said. "As he adds weight and increases his strength, he will develop into a player in this league who can impact the game on both ends of the court."
R.J. Gladney, F - 6-7, 200, DeRidder, La. (DeRidder HS)
Kobe Julien, G/F - 6-6, 215, Baton Rouge, La. (Madison Prep Academy)
Kristian Lafayette, F – 6-10, 200, Detroit, Mich (Hazel Park HS/TaylorMade Academy)
Trajan Wesley, G – 5-10, 165, Houston, Texas (Cy Falls HS)

Men's Basketball - 11/8/2017 

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball coach Bob Marlin announced on Wednesday the signing of two players to a National Letter of Intent for the 2018-19 season.
Signing with the Ragin' Cajuns is guard/forward Kobe Julien (Baton Rouge, La./Madison Prep) and forward R.J. Gladney (DeRidder, La./DeRidder).
Julien, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound product, follows in the footsteps of his father – Wayne Julien – who played for the Ragin' Cajuns from 1976-81 and was a member of the Ragin' Cajuns 1976-77 Southland Conference championship team under coach Jim Hatfield.
In three seasons at Baton Rouge's Madison Prep, Julien has helped his team to three Class 2A state titles while averaging 12 points and eight rebounds as a junior. Julien was named first-team all-district as a junior and was a member of the Louisiana Coaches Association All-State team.
"We have watched Kobe grow and develop since he was in the ninth grade," Marlin said. "He is a versatile player who plays with a physical presence and toughness. He has an elite skill of driving to the basketball, knows how to finish when he gets to the basket and draws fouls from the defense."
Gladney, a 6-7, 200-pound forward, averaged 15.1 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 3.0 assists last season at DeRidder High School. A two-time District 4-4A selection, Gladney averaged 14.3 points and 12.4 rebounds as a sophomore and 11.5 points and 10.7 rebounds as a freshman.
"R.J. is a high energy athlete with a great motor," Marlin said. "With his length and athleticism, he can have a great impact on the defensive end of the floor and our staff was really intrigued by his upside and versatility. We are excited to welcome him to the Cajun family and our fans will admire his style of play for years to come."
Louisiana, which finished 21-12 overall last season, will officially tip off its season on Friday against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.
R.J. Gladney, F - 6-7, 200, DeRidder, La. (DeRidder HS)
Kobe Julien, G/F - 6-6, 215, Baton Rouge, La. (Madison Prep Academy)

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