Blakeney breaks down commitment

Scout caught up with five-star guard Antonio Blakeney to discuss his decision to commit to LSU.

Johnny Jones and LSU got good news on Friday. Five-star guard Antonio Blakeney informed Scout that he has verbally committed to the Tigers.

“I’ve been watching a lot of college basketball and I just feel like the players that are able to play through their mistakes are the most successful,” Blakeney told Scout.

Blakeney thinks LSU is just the place for him to do that. The 6-foot-4 guard out of Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge also said two coaches on the LSU staff played a big factor in his college choice.

“Really just the relationship I have with coach [Johnny] Jones and coach [David Patrick],” he added when pressed on his decision to commit to LSU. “I just feel like I can trust them to help me get to the next level.”

Jones sold Blakeney on helping change the landscape of the LSU basketball program.

“Kind of just the story and the plan he has for the program, period,” Blakeney said. “LSU is a football school and he’s trying to change it to a basketball school. Last few years he’s gotten good players like Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey. All those guys were top 80 in the country.”

“He’s getting better and better players and their team is getting better every year,” he said. “Just the plan by behind the program, I wanted to be able to go there and help change the program around.”

But the LSU coaches weren’t the only ones to make an impact Blakeney’s recruitment. LSU signee Ben Simmons, who ranks No. 2 overall in the class, played summer ball with Blakeney on E1TE Elite and has been actively recruiting him to LSU for months.

“Ben was definitely a factor, just because I know how good of player he is and the chemistry me and him have on and off the court,” Blakeney admitted. “We played together all summer. He had a factor in it. If he didn’t commit there, I still would have considered them though.”

With the combination of Blakeney, who is regarded as the No. 5 shooting guard, and Simmons, LSU ranks No. 6 overall in the 2015 recruiting class rankings.

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