Louisiana 1A State MOP Bryan Picou Jumpstarts Memphis Baseball's Early Signing Period
Nov. 11, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball program got the 2009 early signing period underway today by inking Northlake Christian High School lefthander and 2009 Louisiana 1A State Most Outstanding Player, Bryan Picou to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Daron Schoenrock announced.
"Bryan plays the game with passion," Schoenrock said. "He has won a state championship and is slated for a dual role. Coach Roland Skinner has done an outstanding job preparing Bryan for college baseball and he is a great addition to the Tiger program."
A two-year letterwinner for Coach Skinner at NCS, Picou was tabbed the Louisiana 1A State MOP after going 7-1 with a 1.02 ERA in 2009. He was also a threat at the plate where he hit .485. Over the last two years the southpaw has helped the Wolverine's baseball program to consecutive state title game appearances, including going 25-3 and claiming the school's first-ever state championship in 2009. Picou, the District Co-MVP, was picked as the 2009 St. Tammany Pitcher of the Year, making him the first player in Northlake Christian history to garner both Louisiana State MOP and St. Tammany Pitcher of the Year honors. In addition, Picou was named Pitcher of the Year on the Times-Picayune All-Metro team.
A two-time Louisiana All-State, St. Tammany and all-District selection, Picou went 8-1, with a 2.43 ERA on the mound, while hitting a stout .403 and as a sophomore at NHS.
Picou played three years of summer/fall baseball for the 18U Louisiana Knights. As a member of the Knights, he went 14-2 with a 2.86 ERA. He drew 14 starts in 39 appearances, recording three saves and two complete-games. The lefthander struck out 90 batters in 88 innings of work. He was a two-time recipient of the Knight's Hustle Award
Picou was also recruited by Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese State, New Orleans, Saint Louis, Samford and Tulane.