For a while, LeTourneau University’s men’s basketball program has needed a Kilgore-area star to draw some locals to Longview to see the YellowJackets play.
Now, they’ve got it.
Will Shawn, who helped get Sabine a District 15-3A championship and to yet another 20-plus-win season this school year, has decided to continue his education and basketball career at LeTourneau. Shawn, flanked by his parents and SHS coach Colby Carr, announced his decision on Monday morning at Sabine High, then signed his letter of intent.
Shawn thanked his friends and family for their support, said he had a fantastic visit to LU, and is looking forward to competing there.
But all anyone needs to know about Shawn is what coach Carr – his coach for just one season – had to say about him in the ceremony.
“(Will) is all about hard work,” Carr said. “I was very hard on (Will). You can ask anybody in that locker room. I demanded a lot, and he always responded the right way, the way we needed him to. I’m glad he’s playing close by so we can go watch. That’s a tremendous blessing.”
Will’s father Eddie, Sabine’s principal, was a basketball coach for many seasons, and is retiring at the end of this school year – presumably to catch some LeTourneau basketball.
Shawn, who averaged 16 points, five rebounds, and just over two assists and two steals per game last year, joins a LU program that went 24-5 last year and made it two rounds deep into the NCAA’s Division III national tournament.