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Demons sign MVP, All-State teamer Barmore to 2013-14 squad
Aug 01, 2013 | 185 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chad Barmore, a Class 3A All-State forward last season for South Beauregard High School, is joining the Northwestern State basketball program that played in last year's NCAA Tournament.

Barmore, a 6-5, 230-pounder, averaged 18.5 points, 13 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 3.1 blocks and 2.2 steals  as a senior for coach Adam Coleman, helping South Beauregard to a 20-10 record and the state playoffs.

He was the District 4-3A Most Valuable Player and the Beauregard Daily News All-Parish MVP. He made the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association All-State team and was honorable mention All-State on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State team.  He also posted a 3.5 grade point average.

"We are very fortunate that Chad has chosen to join the Demon basketball family and pursue his education in health and human performance in our outstanding academic setting that produces future teachers and coaches," said NSU head coach Mike McConathy, who has a master's degree plus 30 hours in education from Northwestern. "He has been a high achiever on the court and in the classroom and we expect him to make the transition to college basketball and college courses seamlessly because of the outstanding coaching, preparation, training from his high school coach Adam Coleman as well as his high school teachers who put him through his rigorous academic courses."

"Chad has a strong physical presence because he uses his body well and at the same time has an  innate feel for the game that should bode well for not just our team but for his future in the coaching profession," said McConathy, who last season became the state's career collegiate coaching wins leader (575 in 30 seasons, the last 14 at NSU). "Chad can score in the painted area but what separates him from many other forwards is his adroit passing ability that enables his teammates to get easy shots."

The Lake Charles American Press named Barmore to the All-Southwest Louisiana Large School first team for 2012-13.

"I believe Chad as made a very wise decision in continuing his education at NSU, and we are thrilled that he is going to get the opportunity to continue his basketball career at a great program with great coaches. Chad has extraordinary vision and a knack for placing the ball in positions to make his teammates successful. I think NSU is a great place for his skill set and will be an asset to the team," said Coleman.

The Demon basketball program has graduated 85 percent of its seniors in McConathy's 14 seasons and has ranked atop the state and Southland Conference in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rates report. In 2009-10 and 2010-11 NSU posted a perfect 1,000 APR score.

The new NSU player is the son of David and Karen Barmore.
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