LSU basketball recently received some publicity from an odd source – CNBC.
Viewers to the cable business channel were likely surprised to see investment banker and analyst James Reynolds recounting a basketball recruiting trip to LSU for the South Carolina football game, along with his son Miles Reynolds, a 2014 point guard from Chicago's Whitney Young High School.
The video can be seen at the following link:
The following is the transcript of Reynolds' discussion with CNBC Squawk Box host Joe Kernen. (Note: He calls LSU coach Johnny Jones, "Terry Jones")
Reynolds: "Joe, I need to begin by doing one thing that's very important. OK, I have to give a shout out to LSU. I was at the LSU/South Carolina game …"
Kernen: "I thought South Carolina was going to win, so LSU won? But you lost to Florida?"
Reynolds: "We did win. We lost to Florida a week before. I was down there visiting the coaches because my son is a basketball player doing an unofficial visit to LSU and they hosted us and the basketball staff of Terry Jones is incredible, and thank you so much for treating myself and my son to a fantastic weekend. It was wonderful."
Kernan: "You kind of ruined this big game coming up this weekend though, because now South Carolina is not undefeated."
Reynolds: "(South Carolina is) going to be hungry and come back blazing. That game was tough. You saw in the end they really, really made an effort, but LSU jumped all over them and played very well. The defense at LSU is just tremendous."
The younger Reynolds is one of the top young players in Chicago, playing on powerhouse Whitney Young along with potential top overall player, center Jahlil Okafor.
Despite visiting schools all over the country, including Arizona, Kansas and Stanford, Miles Reynolds told TSD on Monday that his father had never discussed another school on television.
"It was a first," he said. "He told me while I was in school that he was going to give them a shout out. I didn't really believe him. Then, when I got home, I saw the recording. It was pretty cool."
Miles Reynolds is not currently ranked, but a strong summer playing with the Mac Irvin Fire 16U team caught the attention of college coaches. With two high school seasons left to play, along with another summer of AAU, Reynolds has a lot of time to continue to raise his stock. He currently has offers from Iowa, Dayton and Miami (Ohio).
Reynolds, who is being recruited by LSU assistant David Patrick, said LSU coaches first noticed him this summer playing in the Peach Jam event in Georgia with his Mac Irvin team. He said his visit to Baton Rouge went very well.
"LSU was great," he said. "I got down there Saturday morning and went to practice. Coach Jones and Coach Patrick were really getting after the players."
His visit included meetings with academic advisors, a tour of the campus, and sideline passes to the LSU-South Carolina football game.
"The football game was ridiculous," he said. "I've never seen anything like it, not even at a (Chicago) Bears game."
He said Patrick has indicated to him that LSU will offer him a scholarship in person within the next few weeks when they visit him in Chicago.
Another visitor on campus?
Also visiting LSU unofficially for the South Carolina game was Dominic Magee of Helen Cox in New Orleans. Magee, 6-foot-4, is another point guard that had a strong summer and is seeing an increase in attention from college coaches. He reportedly has offers from Louisiana Tech and Houston, with interest from LSU and other high major schools.
Mike Thomas moving to 2013?
Ville Platte's Mike Thomas, a 6-foot-10 post player, is close to deciding to make the move to the class of 2013, according to VPHS coach Tommy Jones. Thomas is classified as a junior this season, but could sign and graduate this year.
"It's possible that he can," Jones told TSD. "He has the credits to graduate. I'm 90 percent sure he's going to do it."
According to Jones, Thomas has firm offers from Mississippi State, Southern University, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette and New Orleans.
LSU was in the process of evaluating Thomas as a 2014 recruit. With LSU close to filling up available scholarships, a move to 2013 would almost certainly preclude an offer from the Tigers.
"I keep hearing LSU is going to come to practice, but I haven't been in contact with them," Jones said.
2014 wing Jordan Cornish of Brother Martin took an unofficial visit this past weekend to Purdue. … 2014 5-star wing Dwayne Morgan of Baltimore announced his top six recently and LSU did not make the cut. He will reportedly choose from UNLV, Indiana, Missouri, Maryland, South Florida and Seton Hall.
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