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April 19, 2014

Weisbrod wins Best Center for third straight year

PORT ARTHUR — It will be interesting to watch what high school basketball award givers will do next year when Nederland senior Colton Weisbrod is playing at the University of New Orleans.

Weisbrod has pulled in his share of honors this season and another came his way Saturday in the form of the Best Center presented by the Raymond Depwe Awards, Inc.

The Nederland post won District 20-4A MVP, was named to the Class 4A All-State team and was recently named 4A Player of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

It is the third time in as many years Weisbrod has taken home the Best Center award.

Joining Weisbrod as winners Saturday night was Hardin-Jefferson’s Zjori Bosha for Best Guard. Bosha was the first recruit signed by Price as Cardinals coach.

Silsbee’s Chris Elam won for Best Swingman.

“It is an honor to win this award,” Weisbrod said. “Now hopefully I am moving on to bigger and better things. My time at Nederland has been a blessing. This past year has been the best year of my life.”

Lamar University basketball coach Tic Price gave the guest speech Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Park Central and said all the finalists have a bright future.

“Some of you got away,” Price said referring mainly to Weisbrod. “It is not their (the players) fault. Lamar University should have recruited you. I really hate to see one of them the next few years.”

Weisbrod will be a Southland Conference rival against the Cardinals while playing at UNO.

Price spoke on what all of the finalists could expect over the next four years. He specifically spoke about how he would rather see the players on the court instead of being in a judge’s court.

“The one thing I have leared is to watch out for the people you hang around with,” Price said. “Be careful who you pick out as friends. The chance of you becoming a pro player is about 200-to-1. While you are playing at the next level, prepare for another career. Continue to work hard but find a Plan B.”

Judge Langston Adams also gave a great speech Saturday in favor of Price’s hire at Lamar and how tragic it has become for Southeast Texas basketball fans to watch players like Weisbrod leave for other schools.

Adams got a round of applause from everyone in the building when he brought up Pat Knight’s firing at Lamar.

“Lamar University, I am glad you did,” Adams said. “Coach Price could have used his first scholarship on any kid in America. He could have recruited California. He could have recruited Virginia. He could have recruited New York and he could have recruited Florida. The first person to receive a scholarship under our new coach was Hardin-Jefferson’s Zjori Bosha. If Price is going to commit to us, we need to commit to Coach Price.”

Adams also made it to a point to ask Weisbrod if he was ever recruited by Lamar under Kinight and Weisbrod could be seen at the head table shaking his head no.

Weisbrod will soon head to New Orleans and looks forward to seeing the Lamar Cardinals down the road.

“The jokes with Coach Price were fun,” Weisbrod said. “It is going to be a fun little rivalry with Bosha and Lamar. I am looking forward to that and coming home to play in front of my family and friends.”

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