Athlete of the Week: Ishmael Lane


As basketball season opened up Tuesday night against Centenary College, Preseason First-Team All-Southland Conference senior Ishmael Lane showed how his depth makes him one of the best center/ power forwards in the Southland Conference.

Lane, a senior business administration major, attended high school at Port Allen High School in Port Allen, Louisiana. During his time there, he achieved second-team all-district honors his junior year and was an all-state player his senior year, helping Port Allen advance to the quarterfinals, averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks per game. He was also selected to The Advocate all-metro team.

Once coming to NSU, he made an immediate impact on the Demons squad, earning a spot on the NCAA’s Top 64 Freshman list, as reported by College Court Report. Over the past three years, he’s consistently been one of the Conferences leading scorers and top rebounders.

Last year, the 6-8 center/power forward was NSU’s leading scorer (13.7 points per game), rebounder (7.2 average), shot blocker (1.8 per game) and most accurate 3-point shooter (37.8 percent).Lane ranks 31st on the school’s career scoring list (1,038 points), 23rd in rebounds (549) and eighth in blocked shots (101). If he matches last year’s totals, he can finish 12th all-time in scoring, eighth in rebounding and fourth in blocks.

Upon graduating from NSU, Lane has dreams of going pro, and would like to eventually start his own business.

Photo by Chris Reich.