BEIJING, China – Northwestern State basketball standout Ishmael Lane is part of a 10-player collegiate team on a two-week tour of China, competing against Chinese professional teams.
Lane, a 6-8, 250-pound junior-to-be from Port Allen, is part of the 2017 Reach USA Friendship Tour of the Far East. The cultural exchange trip is allowing the team to experience international basketball, learn about a new culture, and develop new relationships, team officials said.
The team, coached by former UL Monroe assistant coach Tom Schuberth, left Saturday and returns May 28. It will play eight times against Chinese opponents.
Also on the squad are two other in-state players, 6-9 Jared Sam of Southern and 6-3 Frank Bartley of UL Lafayette. Other players include TCU’s Brandon Parrish, Luke Meyer of Central Michigan, and Giddy Potts from Middle Tennessee.
Lane hit his stride in the last eight games of the 2016-17 season for the Demons, averaging 16 points a game while hitting 60 percent of his shots overall and 77 percent on the free throw line. He had three double-double performances with double-digit scoring and rebounding in that stretch.
Lane, who has started all but two of his 57 career games at NSU, had overall averages of 11 points, a team-best 6.2 rebounds, 53 percent shooting aim and 59 percent aim on free throws as a sophomore. After struggling at the free throw line most of last season, he made 72 percent in his final 13 contests.
He was rated as one of the NCAA’s Top 64 Freshman in 2015-16 by College Court Report after posting an 11.5 scoring average with 57 percent shooting aim, 68 percent on free throws and 5.6 rebounds per game. He also had three double-double performances in his rookie season.
Lane scored a career-best 32 points last season at Abilene Christian and finished the year with a 20-point outing in a 14-point win over Central Arkansas.
He was Class 3A All-State at Port Allen High School, averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks as a senior in 2014-15.
He is the latest in a series of NSU players who have made overseas trips to play with select teams in Asia and Europe.