Miguez: On board at Lamar State

Published 8:54 pm Thursday, July 6, 2017

Jase Miguez has returned home to continue his college basketball career.

The former Nederland standout said Thursday he’s committed to playing at Lamar State College-Port Arthur for his sophomore season. Miguez, a 6-foot-3 guard, spent this past season at Southeastern University, an NAIA school in central Florida.

Miguez left Southeastern last winter after playing in 23 games, where he averaged 5.9 points and shot 45.5 percent from the floor. He had a season high of 20 points against Warner University, but hadn’t broken into double digits in his last 10 games.

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“It just wasn’t the best of fits for me up there,” Miguez said. “They wanted me to play a different role than scoring up there, and I missed being back home. When I talked to coach [Lance] Madison and coach [Barry] Wellington [Lamar State head coach and assistant coach], they told me that I would have a good chance of going somewhere after this year, if I put in the hard work. It is also always good to be back home to play in front of family and friends.”

Lamar State has not announced its signees for the 2017-18 season, but Miguez was seen with other Seahawk players during the school’s signing day ceremony in April, when leading scorer John Comeaux officially committed to Stephen F. Austin. Miguez, who averaged 21 points per game at Nederland, could give the Seahawks much needed scoring help with the loss of Comeaux (19.8 points per game). The Ozen graduate scored a career-high 47 points at Panola College in January and was named national player of the week.

Lamar State finished 17-13 and 7-12 in the Region XIV South Division.

— I.C. Murrell

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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