Mitchell Will Bring Winning Way To LSU

Whether it's Stromile Swift, Brandon Bass or Glen Davis, you can usually count on LSU to land the best player in the state of Louisiana. Well, to no one's surprise the Tigers did it again.

The fact that LSU assistant coach Butch Pierre was the godfather of 6-foot-7 No. 17 ranked Tasmin Mitchell was more insurance than anything else. If you live in Louisiana and are regarded as the best player in the state, unless your name is Duhon, you're probably going to play for the Tigers.

On Friday afternoon, the Denham Springs product made it official and selected John Brady's bunch over Kentucky, just as most had expected he would do.

It wasn't like Mitchell surprised anyone. His lone official visit was set with the Tigers. All along, the Bayou Bengals have been the rumored (and sometimes acknowledged) leader. The way "Taz" explains it; he needed to consider two schools just to make sure.

"I was serious with [Kentucky] but I always wanted to go to LSU. I was capable of changing my mind. Tubby came down and spent a lot of time with me. It was a hard decision. I knew where I wanted to go a year ago but it was Kentucky or LSU."

There are few "guarantees" in college basketball, but Mitchell comes with a built in standard: he's all about winning. He's won high school titles, tournament titles, AAU championships, camp MVP awards, 3-on-3 titles. You name it, he's had a part in the winning of it. He's simply one of those guys that, when backed into a corner, he comes out refusing to get whooped.

Like we stated earlier, the Tigers have been acquiring top-notch talent the last couple of seasons. Next year, D.J. Augustin (rated the No. 2 PG in 2006) will be the prize catch, much like Mitchell, Bass, Swift and Davis were before him. If history repeats itself, you can bet the Tigers will be a factor in his recruitment as well. Mitchell is already politicking for it.

""I think [the pieces are] there. Then if D.J. comes it'll be an extra piece of the puzzle that will have to fit in.

"We could be on the rise for a national championship, top four, top eight, whatever you call it."

With Mitchell, it's simply called winning.

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