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Toronco Loston Signes with LSUA
April 12, 2016, 1:26 pm

 When Captain Shreve’s star senior guard Toronco Loston went down with a season-ending injury in December, one school’s steadfast recruiting commitment stood out above the rest.

Captain Shreve senior Toronco Loston signs with LSUA as his teammates, family and Generals assistant coach Casey Apetrei look on.

 

Captain Shreve senior Toronco Loston signs with LSUA as his teammates, family and Generals assistant coach Casey Apetrei look on.

Coach Todd Martinez recalled seeing LSU-Alexandria coaches still make the 90-minute drive up to Shreveport, just to talk to Loston and watch him sit on the bench. He rewarded their loyalty with a verbal commitment in January and finally made it official at a signing ceremony Friday afternoon.

“They didn’t give up on me,” Loston said. “They stayed in touch. Most coaches didn’t and I was wondering what was going on with most coaches.”

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Other programs who showed interest prior to the injury included Northwestern State, Southern, and LSU-Shreveport, one of LSU-A’s rivals in the Red River Athletic Conference. Together, they’ve won the last three RRAC titles, including two in LSUA coach Larry Cordaro’s first two seasons for a team that was ranked No. 1 in NAIA Division I at the end of the 2015-16 regular season.

One of his assistants, Casey Apetrei, joined Loston for his signing on Friday. Apetrei believes Loston will be a great fit and said the 5-foot-11 shooting guard can learn to play point and become a combo guard for the Generals.

“We knew what type of person he was and the type of player he was as well and we offered him a scholarship from the get-go,” Apetrei said. “We knew that he’s a man of his word and we’d be men of our word and we definitely think that he’s going to bounce back.”

Toronco Loston, center, with his family and LSUA assistant coach Casey Apetrei.

 

Toronco Loston, center, with his family and LSUA assistant coach Casey Apetrei.

Loston entered his senior season as the only returner from The Times’ All-City First Team and averaged 23.9 points to go with 6.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He hopes to be back to full strength by August, although Martinez cautioned his four-year starter not to rush back too quickly.

LSU-A also officially welcomed Byrd’s Kory Ashley to the program Friday afternoon, and Loston said the two AAU teammates decided together to become Generals. The signings mark big recruiting wins in LSU-S’s backyard, and Apetrei hinted they might not be done just yet.


 

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