LAFAYETTE — What did we expect for Louisiana basketball in 2019?
It's hard to be sure. With so many new faces the Cajuns were very much an unread book heading into the season, but through four games things have gone well.
Battling through injury, Cedric Russell seems to have found his best game. His 14-24 three-point shooting is a blister hot start. He's one of four Cajuns averaging double-digit scoring.
The other three, Kobe Julien, Mylik Wilson and Jalen Johnson.
Johnson, the St. Louis transfer, has impressed in all phases of the game. His 20.0 PPG lead the team, as does his 7.5 RPG. If Johnson can continue his pace, he will compete for a conference MVP.
"We need to get him some more threes," said Bob Marlin, on Monday. "We'll pull him away from the basket and play him in the middle of our spread offense and he's not an inside guy, he's a face-up forward, but I think he's battled it well. I've been please with his scoring and hope it remains consistent."
Louisiana heads to the MGM Resorts Main Event. The Cajuns play at Wyoming Thursday, the remainder of the event takes place in Las Vegas where the team plays Detroit Mercy and UC Irvine.