Cummings, Bonnette to be recognized by LABC

Former Tulane basketball standout Jeff Cummings and former McNeese State sports information director Louis Bonnette will be honored during the 39th Annual Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Awards Banquet to be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Cummings has been elected to the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame, while Bonnette is the Mr. Louisiana Basketball award recipient.

Cummings, a former Rummel standout, played two seasons at Southern Methodist before transferring to Tulane, where he averaged 19.5 points and 11.6 rebounds for his final two collegiate seasons.

Cummings was selected by the Boston Celtics in the fourth round of the 1977 NBA draft but opted to play in the European League.

Cummings is the the Senior Vice President of Investments for Wells Fargo in New Orleans. He and his wife Donella have one son, Jeffry, who works at Louisiana Tech in the athletic department.

Bonnette retired from McNeese in 2012 after a 46-year career in which he was recognized nationally for his news releases, game programs and media guides. As McNeese’s first sports information director.

He did not miss a Cowboy football game, working a national record 527 consecutive games.

A native of Pineville and graduate of Louisiana Tech, Bonnette served two terms as president of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and has been the recipient of the LSWA’s Mac Russo Award (1995).

He founded the McNeese Hall of Fame and served as its chairman until his retirement in 2012.

He was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 2009 and into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2007, along with garnering a spot in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame as the 2002 recipient of the LSWA’s Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism. He was named a winner of the Scoop Hudgins outstanding SID award from the All-American Football Foundation in 2008.

The Southland Conference recently named its sports media award in his honor — the Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award — and he was the first recipient in 2012.