Basketball Signees Update

TSD's Matt McCurdy has an in-depth look at how all four Class of 2013 LSU basketball signees are coming along on the road to qualifying academically.

LSU basketball fans are understandably a little neurotic about the Tigers' 2013 recruiting class. After several difficult years and a current season that finds LSU with only one win in SEC play, a Top-10 ranked recruiting class seems like an oasis in the desert. Is it real?

There are many hurdles to jump before finding out if this class will lead LSU to success on the court, but the main step is to get the signees eligible and enrolled at LSU. That appears to be progressing nicely.

Point guard Tim Quarterman of Savannah, Ga., had already gained eligibility in both the classroom and on the SAT prior to signing with LSU in November, according to Johnson High School assistant coach Richard Coleman.

"He's qualified," Coleman told TSD at the time.

Dallas power forward Jordan Mickey is a good student and had the necessary test score and GPA prior to signing with LSU in November, according to his father, James Wright. However, as a transfer student to new school Prime Prep Academy, there were possible issues with the school's certification with the NCAA. Those issues were apparently settled in December, according to Wright.

"(Prime Prep) has been cleared by the NCAA," Wright told TSD. "They were approved in December."

Wright said his son is "a good student. He has five A's and one B." He did admit to being worried about the school getting cleared by the NCAA, which is an issue that has caused many college athletes to lose eligibility.

Asked what he would have done had the school not gotten cleared, Wright quickly responded: "Jordan would have transferred and graduated from another school."

Junior college center John Odo is already enrolled at LSU and will be eligible to play in the fall, assuming he maintains the required college GPA during that time.

The only one of the four signees who is not currently eligible is also the most highly touted, Jarell Martin of Madison Prep in Baton Rouge. According to his high school coach, Jeff Jones, Martin is just shy of the requirements, but he doesn't anticipate any problems.

"He'll be good," said Jones. "The last time he took it he scored a 16 (on Dec. 8). He needs to score a 17, so he'll be okay."

The NCAA has a sliding scale that determines what a student's test score must be, based on their GPA. For a 2.5 GPA, a student must have a 17. For a 2.6 GPA, a student must achieve a 16. Jones said Martin's GPA is between a 2.5 and 2.6 and that he is on track to graduate in May.

Jones said that Martin has only taken the test once and is scheduled to retake it on Feb. 9. If he does not get a qualifying score, he will have opportunities to take it on April 13 and June 8. There are also other dates for the SAT, which is also accepted. Martin would need to score an 820 on the SAT with a 2.5 GPA.

Another potential recruit for LSU is Australian power forward Deng Deng. He redshirted as a freshman last year after enrolling at Lee College in Houston for the spring semester. LSU hoped to sign him this year, and have him for three years.

However he would need to graduate from junior college in three semesters. LSU backed off of him when it appeared he may not be able to graduate in that amount of time. The LSU coaches are still monitoring his progress and he is still a potential LSU recruit, depending on his academic status.

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