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Men's Basketball: Louisiana Adds JUCO All-American Brayan Au To 2020-21 Roster
Native of Mexico is fourth newcomer added to roster
Matt Sullivan, Associate Director of Athletics Communications
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Men's Basketball Coach Bob Marlin announced on Tuesday his fourth new addition to his team as junior college All-American Brayan Au (pronounced BRAY-an A-you) signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2020-21 season.
Au, a 6-foot-4 guard, will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2020-21 season.
The native of Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico is the fourth newcomer added during the signing period joining early signee Michael Thomas (Lake Charles, La.), plus Division I transfers Theo Akwuba (Montgomery, Ala./Portland) and Devin Butts (Macon, Ga./Mississippi State).
Au earned second-team NJCAA All-America and Region V Player of the Year honors in 2019-20 at Ranger College, which finished 28-3 overall under current Tarleton State coach Billy Gillispie.
Rated as the No. 51 JUCO product nationally by JUCORecruiting.com, Au averaged 15.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a sophomore, shooting 51.1 percent (180-for-352) from the floor, 40.5 percent from behind the 3-point line (64-for-158) and 68.4 percent (67-for-98) from the free throw line.
"Brayan is a winner. He led his team to the Junior College National Championship game as a freshman, scoring 27 points in the semifinals. He won two regular-season conference titles at Ranger," Marlin said. "He is a competitor and mentally tough player. He is passionate about winning and a great teammate. He fits our competitive culture.
"His skill set fits our style of play. He is a versatile guard who can play multiple positions. He is a very efficient player, who shoots the ball well from behind the 3-point line while possessing a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio for his career. He has been well coached and will be prepared for Division I basketball."
He reached double figures in scoring in 25 games, scoring 20 or more points in eight contests. Au also was a good distributor as he recorded four games with 10 or more assists.
"I'm excited to be part of the Ragin' Cajuns Basketball family," Au said. "I can't wait to make this year special, help win a conference title, and eventually play in the NCAA tournament."
As a freshman in 2018-19, Au was named the Region V Freshman of the Year after averaging 12.2 points and shooting 42.6 percent from the field (66-for-155) in helping Ranger finish second at the NJCAA Division I National Championships.
Au averaged 28.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 7.4 steals and 5.4 steals per game in his two years playing at Anthony (Texas) High School, leading his team to the state regionals twice.
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2020-21 LOUISIANA RAGIN' CAJUNS MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEES
Theo Akuba – F, 6-11, 225, Montgomery, Ala. (Brewbaker Tech Magnet/Portland)
Brayan Au – G, 6-4, 190, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico (Anthony HS/Ranger College)
Devin Butts – G, 6-6, 190, Macon, Ga. (Stratford Academy/Mississippi State)
Michael Thomas – G, 6-1, 165, Lake Charles, La. (Hamilton Christian School)
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