LORMAN, Miss. (WJTV) – Alcorn State has a new men’s basketball coach. Landon Bussie was named earlier Thursday to lead the Braves program.
He spent the last six seasons as an assistant at one of the top men’s basketball programs in the SWAC, Prairie View A&M.
The Panthers won back-to back SWAC regular season titles in 2019 and 2020. They also won the SWAC tournament championship last season, and were the top seed overall again this season.
“A lot of players that was at Prairie View the past few years, I recruited,” Bussie said via FaceTime. “So, I want to do the same thing, recruit those same type of all conference players caliber players, player of the year caliber players to get this program to the next level and over the hump. For the past few years has finished between the 3rd, 4th, 5th, something like that. So, they’re not at the bottom of the SWAC. They are right there at the middle. I think a few more additions, just change up the philosophy just a little bit and with what I’m going to bring I think that we have a chance to be successful in the near future.”
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Known as a superior recruiter, Bussie recruited the 2019-20 SWAC Player of the Year, Devonte Patterson. He also recruited and developed Gary Blackston, the 2018-19 SWAC Tournament MVP. Both Patterson and Blackston were BOXTOROW All-Americans.
Furthermore, Bussie brought in six key contributors to PVAMU’s back-to-back reigns. In addition to Patterson and Blackston, he recruited Gerard Andrus (All-Conference First-Team), Chancellor Ellis (New Mexico State transfer, made 61 threes in a season), Taishaun Johnson (Kent State transfer) and DeWayne Cox (defensive specialist).
Bussie worked alongside head coach Byron Smith, the back-to-back SWAC Coach of the Year winner in 2018-19 and 2019-20. They coached Dennis Jones, the 2018-19 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Bussie aided the Panthers in finishing top-10 in the nation in turnovers forced per game three years in a row from 2018-20. The 2018-19 squad ended second in the country in turnovers forced with 17.9 per game. PVAMU led the conference in steals per game in 2018-19 and 2019-20, and allowed under 67 points per game in both seasons.
Before switching to the men’s side, Bussie was an assistant women’s coach at PVAMU for one year. He played a key role in the development of guard Jeanette Jackson, the 2014-15 SWAC Player of the Year, scoring and assists leader. while also finishing in the SWAC’s Top 10 in six statistical categories.
Prior to his time at PVAMU, Bussie spent four seasons at his alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana. During that span, Xavier won three consecutive GCAC regular season championships from 2012-14 and four straight appearances at the NAIA Championship Tournament from 2011-14. He coached eight All-Conference honorees.
As a student-athlete, Bussie was a two-year letterman as a forward at Xavier University of Louisiana, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2010. He later earned a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2014.
Bussie is a graduate of Woodlawn High School and went on to play two seasons for Livingstone College of the CIAA (NCAA Division II) before transferring to Xavier.
Bussie is the son of Loretta Bussie and the late Gerald Bussie and has two siblings, brother, Gerald, and sister Asya. Asya was an All-American standout at West Virginia University before being drafted by the Minnesota Lynx as the 15th-overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft.