Photo Courtesy of Joselyn-Jackson Board
Crowley High senior Braeden Board signed his National Letter of Intent June 13 to continue his basketball career with Centenary College of Louisiana beginning in the fall.
Board, 18, chose Centenary, which is located in Shreveport over Lakeland University (Plymouth, Wis.). Both schools are part of NCAA Division III.
Board, who finished high school with a 3.8 grade-point average and made a 19 on the ACT, explained what he liked about Centenary. “(Centenary) feels like home. They kept in contact through the whole (Coronavirus) pandemic, set up private visits for me, and FaceTimed me to see the campus,” he said.
Board’s decision will require him to move away from home, and he explained how he is feeling about that outcome. “Fifty-fifty because I’ll miss everyone.”
During the recruiting process, Board also drew interest from Lamar State College (Port Arthur, Texas), Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia, Ark.), Olive-Harvey College (Chicago), and the University of Arkansas Cossatot (Lockesburg, Ark.).
He visited Lamar State College during the season. (I) checked out the school and the environment,” stated Board. He also had a chance to meet some of the players. “I’ve played with them before on a travel team.”
The 6-foot-6, 201-pound Board played power or small forward for Crowley High, but he would prefer to play guard in college “because of my size and versatility.”
Board, a three-year starter for Crowley High, helped the 2019-20 Gents to a 20-9 record, the outright District 6-3A title with a 9-1 mark, and the 17th-seed in the Class 3A playoffs.
Board then scored 19 points to lead his team to an opening-round 65-58 playoff victory over South Beauregard. His three-point basket late in that contest gave the Gents the lead for good.
He averaged 11 points, 6.7 rebounds, two steals, 1.9 assists, and nearly a block as he was selected first-team all-district. He followed that honor up by being named to the Class 3A honorable mention all-state team.
As a junior, Board made second-team all-district as the 2018-19 Gents finished as the District 5-3A runner-up and ended the season 17-11 after the No. 23-seed bowed out in the bi-district playoffs.
When Board was a sophomore, the Gents, seeded No. 11, advanced to the Class 3A quarterfinals during the 2017-18 season and finished with a record of 29-6. They also won a share of the District 5-3A title with a record of 12-2. Board led the Gents in rebounding, was named the team’s most improved player, and made the honorable mention all-district team.
Board also has played with the 6th Man Warriors travel team for the last six years. “(It) helped me grow 100 percent and helped me gain a lot of exposure.”
He also reflected on what other factors contributed to getting him to this point. “God, good influences, and hard work because without those three, I wouldn’t be who I am today,” he explained.
Board acknowledged that his parents, William Board and Joselyn Jackson-Board, have had “a major impact” on his basketball career. “They didn’t miss a single game for the past six years I played basketball,” he said. “Even with travel ball, they made it to Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, South Carolina, anywhere I played, they were there.”
The 2019-20 school year came to a sudden end on March 13 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. “I wish I could’ve enjoyed the rest of my senior year,” he expressed. “I want to say thank you Crowley High for everything, and I’ll miss everyone.”
Board plans to study business and marketing. “(I want to) achieve my degree and win a championship.”