Former UL Star Shawn Long Returns To U.S.
Former Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun men’s basketball standout Shawn Long is back in the United States.
Long, who played for the Cajuns from 2013-2016, was reacquired by the Delaware 87ers of the NBA G League on Monday.
A forward/center, Long began the season with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged over 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.
The CBA, which features 20 teams, is widely regarded as the best professional basketball league in Asia.
Long appeared in 18 games for the Philadelphia Sixers last season, his first in the NBA, averaging 8.2 PPG and 4.7 RPG in just 13.0 minutes per contest.
Prior to signing with the Sixers, Long was a standout in the G League, averaging a double-double (20.2 PPG, 11.1 RPG) in 39 games for the 87ers, an affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 24-year old Long was traded to the Houston Rockets in the offseason, before being waived in September
A native of Morgan City, scored 2,342 points and compiled 1,447 rebounds in his career at UL, becoming the first player to school history to score 2,000 points, while also pulling down 1,000 rebounds.
Long’s career points are the third-most in Cajun basketball history, while his rebound number ranks first.
The 6-foot-9, 248-pound Long was named a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection three times.