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Father-son duos to reunite on Mississippi basketball courts

Luke (left) and Jay Ladner (right) before a Loyola-Southern Miss exhibition game on Dec. 28, 2020 (Photo courtesy of USM Athletics)

Two father-son duos will reunite on the court when the college basketball season rolls back around this fall.

Luke Ladner, son of Southern Miss head coach Jay Ladner, announced via Twitter that he will play his final season of eligibility in Hattiesburg after four years at Loyola New Orleans. As a senior with the Wolfpack, Ladner played sparingly averaging 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

Ladner, mostly used as a shooter off the bench, averaged eight minutes per game this past season. His best game came on Dec. 7 against Mobile, in which the St. Stanislaus alum logged seven points, three steals, and two assists over 25 minutes of play.

Over in Clinton, former Southern Miss and McNeese State guard Rashad Bolden is returning home to play for his father, Mississippi College head coach Randy Bolden.

Bolden, a three-time state champion at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, began his collegiate career at Southern Miss where he started 30 games as a true freshman and was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.

Bolden decided to transfer to McNeese State for his sophomore campaign. Due to a shin injury, the former Dandy Dozen was never able to suit up for the Cowboys.

The 2023-24 NCAA men’s basketball season begins in November.

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