Ragin’ Cajuns Men’s Basketball junior Theo Akwuba has been placed on the Sun Belt Preseason First Team, while newcomer, sophomore Jordan Brown, earned a third-team spot as announced by the leagues office on Thursday afternoon.
Akwuba is entering his second year in the team after a two-year stint at Portland. He averaged 11.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 2.6 blocks per game during his 2020-21 campaign. The 6’11 forward was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year at the end of last season after he led the league and ranked eighth nationally with 68 blocked shots.
Along with his paint presence the Montgomery, Alabama native was a force on the boards, finishing 10th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game. In last year’s season opener against eventual national champion Baylor, Akwuba finished with 22 points on a perfect 9-for-9 performance from the floor.
The sophomore Brown is set to make his Ragin’ Cajuns debut this season after joining the program in the offseason following stints at Nevada and Arizona. A consensuses five-star and the 19th overall recruit in the 2018 class, Brown was named the Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year last year after he averaged 9.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks-per-game for the Wildcats.
In his time with the Cajuns, head coach Bob Marlin has helped produce 18 All-Conference players including eight first, six second and four third-team selections.