Tigers add big man Calvin Godfrey

6-foot-8, 230-pound Howard College forward spent freshman season at Iowa State, was teammates with Shavon Coleman last winter.

With a dire need for big men, new LSU coach Johnny Jones and his coaching staff have looked high and low for players ready to come in and contribute quickly.

On Monday, they found one in a familiar place.

Howard College sophomore Calvin Godfrey has committed to LSU and faxed in his paperwork to transfer into the program.

"We are very excited about the signing of Calvin Godfrey," said head coach Johnny Jones. "He will fill a much needed void on our team with the graduation of three of our post players last year. Calvin is very good at defending and rebounding plus he has the ability to score around the basket. He comes from a great program at Howard College and we look forward to him joining us and helping us develop our program here at LSU."

A 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward, Godfrey was teammates with current Tiger signee Shavon Coleman at Howard last winter.

Last season he averaged 12.6 points and a team-best 7 rebounds a game for the Hawks. He also had 41 steals and 29 blocked shots.

Before he got to Howard College, Godfrey spent his freshman season at Iowa State and carved a spot as the Cyclones' top reserve, averaging 5.7 points and 5.4 rebounds a contest. His best game was a 23-point, 11-rebound outburst against Colorado late in the season.

But Godfrey was also suspended for three games during the season and then arrested for marijuana possession after the season ended. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg dismissed the Milwaukee native from the team shortly after the arrest.

During his prep career, Godfrey played for three different programs in three states: Cooper High in Minneapolis, Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., and Custer High in Milwaukee.

As a senior at Cooper in 2009-10, Godfrey produced 18.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.4 blocks a game for a team that went 25-4.

Jones adds Kelsey as Director of Operations

Tom Kelsey, the head coach at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss., will join the Tigers staff as the Director of Operations.

Tom Kelsey

Jones and Kelsey worked together in 2000-01 at Alabama on Mark Gottfried's staff.

In seven years at Belhaven, Kelsey was 137-115 and twice led the team to the NAIA national tournament, including this past campaign.

Before Belhaven, Kelsey coached at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Ga., where he compiled an overall record of 47-40, and led the Spartans to three straight appearances in the state playoffs.

From 1995-98, Kelsey coached with Gottfried at Murray State and he also spent a season at Lipscomb, his alma mater. He played for the 1985-85 Lipscomb team that won the NAIA national championship.

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