HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State head men’s basketball coach Jason Hooten announced the addition of Josh Boutte to the Bearkat roster on Friday.

Boutte, a 6-6, 225-pound power forward joins the Kats from Dodge City Community College where he averaged a double-double each of the past two seasons. A native of New Iberia, La., he averaged 16 points and 11.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore, earning first team all-conference and all-region honors in addition to being an honorable mention all-America choice.

“Obviously we are extremely excited about the signing of Josh,” Hooten said. “He has had two great years at Dodge City and we feel is stepping into a terrific situation with the loss of Aurimas (Majauskas) and Torry (Butler). Josh has a tremendous motor and is an elite level rebounder.” 

That came on the heels of a freshman season that saw him earn the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference’s Freshman of the Year honors in his first year at the collegiate level. That season he averaged 16 points and 10.7 rebounds per game and also earned first team all-conference and all-region for the Conquistadors.

He has totaled 690 rebounds in his two-year career, ranking second all-time at DCCC and is the fourth all-time leading scorer with 993 career points.

“The greatest thing about Josh is he knows what he does best for a team to win basketball games,” Hooten said. “He has outstanding toughness and the will to outwork people. He was highly sought after and we feel very blessed to have him become a part of the Bearkat Family.”

Boutte posted 19 double-doubles as a sophomore in 29 games played, including his biggest game of the year when he scored 37 points and had 23 boards against Butler Community College. His breakout game as a freshman came as a freshman when he went for 41 points and 23 rebounds in a win over Seward County in 36 minutes of work after reaching double figures in eight of the first 10 games he played for the Conquistadors.