ESPN names Richard LeCounte as Georgia football’s top basketball player
It’s never been a secret that junior safety Richard LeCounte was an incredible athlete. Rated as a 5-star prospect coming out of high school, LeCounte’s athleticism makes it easy to see why he led Georgia in tackles in 2018 with 74.
But he isn’t just a great football player. In case you’d forgotten, LeCounte was a standout basketball player for Liberty County High School. ESPN took note of LeCounte’s basketball prowess, as it named him Georgia football’s top basketball player.
As a junior — his final year of basketball as he made the decision to enroll early at Georgia — LeCounte averaged 20 points per game, while also grabbing 5.6 rebounds and dishing 4.8 assists. LeCounte also showed off his defensive chops with 2.5 steals per game.
For his efforts, LeCounte was named co-Region 3-AAAA Player of the Year. He also helped Liberty County win a state title in basketball as a junior as well.
Of course, LeCounte isn’t the only basketball standout on Georgia’s team. 2019 5-star signee Travon Walker had a standout career for Upson Lee High School. As a senior, Walker averaged 16 points per game to go along with a staggering 12 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. Walker won two state titles in high school.
He’s also been known to throw down a nasty dunk from time-to-time.
— Travon Walker (@D1Figure_) February 13, 2019
Fellow 2019 signee Dwan Mathis has also recently shown off his basketball hoops as well. If you were to put together a basketball team of Georgia football players, it would be a very athletic and intimidating group, with the likes of LeCounte, Walker, Mathis and Brenton Cox, just to name some of the players who make up the team.
Georgia also has a number of former track and baseball standouts on the team as well. It seems like recruiting athletes who are talented across a number of sports is something that Georgia coach Kirby Smart looks for when recruiting players.
The Georgia men’s basketball team won’t be participating in March Madness this year, as the Bulldogs went 11-21. But Georgia is expected to bring in one of the top recruiting classes in the country for the 2019 cycle, and its led by the nation’s No. 2 overall player in Anthony Edwards.
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