The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
Lamar State-Port Arthur’s Tre Bennett school’s first-ever All-American
After his first season at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Charles “Tre” Bennett III decided that second-best would never be good enough again. From that point on, the sophomore guard for the Seahawks basketball team established a list of “firsts” that will be tough to surpass.
Bennett is the first Seahawk to score 40 points in a game, the first to score more than 600 points in a season, and earned first-team honors after the 2013-14 NJCAA Region XIV season came to an end.
This week, Bennett earned what likely is the biggest “first” in the 10-year history of the program … NJCAA All-American.
“We knew he had the athletic ability but he just had to get the mental part of it,” LSC-PA head coach Lance Madison said. “With hard work and discipline, by staying focused, we knew that he could reach his potential.”
Bennett surpassed all expectations after playing his freshman season in the shadows of two talented sophomore guards. Coming into his sophomore year, Bennett said he knew it was up to him to become a record-setting player for Lamar State-Port Arthur.
“I came off the bench for most of the season last year and I decided that I had to put in the hard work and dedicate myself to becoming the best basketball player I could,” Bennett said. “My coaches gave me the ball this year and they let me go out and do what I knew I could do.”
Bennett, who has already signed to play for Indiana State University, leaves LSC-PA as the all-time leading scorer. He collected 617 regular-season points in 30 games, giving him an average of 20.6 points a game, also the best mark in Seahawks history. Against Lee College, he scored 45 points, the first time a Hawk has scored more than 40 points in a single game.
“Tre being named All-American shows that we have the resources to get student-athletes exposure to local and national media,” Madison said. “It says a lot about our conference and the respect it has throughout the NJCAA.”
The Seahawks reached the NJCAA Region XIV semifinals where they fell to eventual tournament champion Paris College. “Our main goal this year was to get to nationals,” Bennett said. “It didn’t happen, but we played hard in defeat.”
Bennett, along with sophomores Anthony Allen and Jamal Shabazz, earned all-region honors after the Hawks finished the year 25-7.
“Tre was under-recruited out of high school and he came in and did what we asked him to do,” Madison said. “This shows that we have a system here that can help prepare our guys to be successful at the next level. This puts us one step closer to being recognized as a national program.”
LSC-PA records set by Tre Bennett
Regular Season Scoring: 617 points, 30 games
Conference Scoring: 390 points, 19 games
Double-Digit Scoring Games: 28 in 30 games
Per-Game Scoring Average: 20.6 ppg in 30 games
Single-Game Scoring: 45 points vs. Lee College (Jan. 29, 2014)
Single-Game 3-pointers: 8 vs. Lee College (Jan. 29, 2014)