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July 16, 2024

Craft Named to Preseason All-MAIS Team

Bayou sophomore looking to be even better this season

Bayou Academy sophomore forward Thomas Craft was named to the All-Midsouth Association of Independent Schools Preseason Boys Basketball Team on Saturday (Oct. 23). 

Craft, who stands tall at 6-feet-7, was named Co-Player of the Year for District 1-4A in his freshman season. His production was key in Bayou going 23-10 and advancing to the 4A State Tournament for the second straight year.  This year, Bayou will be in 5A as the Colts will be competing in District 1-5A with Heritage, Starkville, Pillow, Washington and Magnolia Heights. 

‘I’m extremely proud of him,” said Bayou Head Boys Basketball Coach Wesley Aldridge, who is entering his sixth season with the team. “He’s an absolute joy to coach. He has been blessed with great size, but everything that he’s accomplished has been through hard work and determination to get better. I know to appreciate him while I get to coach him, because the character he has isn’t something that you get to coach very often.”

Bayou is set to open the season on Nov. 4 against North Delta at Cleveland. 

Aldridge said Craft should be even better this season. 

“He’s developed his game where he’s not going to be strictly back to the basket,” said Aldridge. “He’s able to bring the ball down the floor, and he’s one of our best outside shooters.”