SOPHOMORE SEASON (2016-17)
Invited to walk-on to the team for the 2016-17 season by the LSU Basketball staff … First year to play for the Tigers but was in his third year at LSU … This was his redshirt sophomore season … Appeared in seven games, scoring one point in his first appearance against Southern Miss (11/15) … Also had one rebound.
PRIOR TO LSU
Played for four years as shooting guard for Parkview Baptist and Coach Don Green … Team won the District title in 2012 and in 2013 advanced to the Top 28 semifinals. He was a two-time All-District selection and a member of The Advocate All-Metro team … Averaged 16 points, four assists and five rebounds as a junior (2013) … Averaged 20 points, five assists and seven rebounds as a senior (2014) … Also was a member of the National Honor Society, the top 10 percent GPA in the class, a member of the Beta Club and on the President’s List.
Born on Feb. 15, 1996 … Right handed …. Parents are Rob Vial and Kristi Cupples … Younger brother, Ryland Vial … Major at LSU is Finance … “LSU is all I know. Close to home. Great business school,” was answered on influences to attend LSU … Likes to “hang” with friends and family to relax … Likes sushi and bread pudding is his favorite dessert … Favorite pro basketball player is LeBron James and his team is Vial’s favorite, the Cleveland Cavaliers … Vial’s favorite pro athlete outside basketball is former LSU star and now Giants receiver, Odell Beckham, Jr.
Top Career Performances
Points: 1, vs. Southern Miss (11/15/16)
Rebounds: 1, vs. Southern Miss (11/15/16)
Free Throws Made: 1, vs. Southern Miss (11/15/16)
Minutes Played: 2, vs. Miss. State (SECT) (3/8/17)
Top Career Scoring Games
1. 1, vs. Southern Miss (11/15/16)