Local Hoopster Caps College Career With All-Star Appearance
After a stellar basketball career at St. Joseph’s College, an outpouring of fan votes helped David Louison earn the last spot on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reese’s Division III College All-Star East team.
The All-Star game, which took place last month at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va., was a great way for the East Flatbush native to closeout his outstanding collegiate basketball career.
“It was exciting,” said Louison, who had four points, a team-high seven rebounds, an assist, and a steal in 19 minutes of action in a 105-94 defeat to the West squad. “It was just wonderful all around. It was an experience in itself.”
Bears head coach Joseph Cocozello believes his standout forward’s play merited the All-Star nod.
“The combination of Dave’s Godgiven ability and work ethic has made him a premier player at the Division III level and he is truly deserving of the All- Star Game selection,” Cocozello said.
Over the last month, the 6’ 2”, 21- year-old collected CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America First Team, USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year, AD3I All-Independent First Team and HVIAC Player of the Year honors.
But it was Louison’s contributions throughout his days at St. Joe’s that help the program reach new heights, going from 8-19 to 13-14 since joining the Bears as a freshman for the 2011-12 campaign. Following that season, St. Joe’s has really thrived, as he’s helped guide the team to three straight winning seasons and two USCAA National Championship appearances.
“His many achievements on the court both individually and with his teammates speak for themselves,” Cocozello said. “Equally impressive is the pride he puts into his academics. He truly epitomizes the term student-athlete. Most impressive of all is his character. Dave is a gentleman both on and off the court and we are truly blessed to have had him represent St. Joseph’s College these past four years!”
In addition to being a star studentathlete, Louison, who sports a 3.93 GPA, has been working as a student clerk in the civil division of the US Attorney’s Office since his sophomore year. He hopes to land a paralegal job there, but hasn’t ruled out playing professional basketball in the near future.
After he’s accomplished either of those aspirations, Louison hopes to attend law school, and work on fulfilling his lifelong dream of being an attorney.
But Louison said he’ll never forget his time on the court at St Joe’s, where he played a huge part in its recent success.
“It’s honestly been humbling,” he said. “I’m glad I can look back years from now and say I’ve been a part of it.”