Thursday Basketball Update

LSU basketball remains in the news Thursday with the official announcement of Corban Collins' release from the program. Also inside, TSD presents the latest names to pop up on the radar for the assistant coach vacancy.

The attrition wasn't over just yet for Johnny Jones and the LSU basketball program this offseason.

Point guard Corban Collins, set to enter his sophomore year, will leave the program after one season in Baton Rouge, LSU announced Thursday. He becomes the second Tiger in less than five weeks to depart after it was announced forward Jalen Courtney would transfer to Morehead State on April 23.

Courtney's departure opened up space for LSU to sign Scotlandville forward Brian Bridgewater. With Collins now gone from the roster, the Tigers could sign another to get to 13, the maximum allowable number of scholarship players per NCAA rules, or hold the scholarship for the talented 2014 class.

Given that LSU has recently or will soon host a total of three 2013 prospect on campus, expect that scholarship to be used for this coming season.

Collins averaged 2.6 points and 1.0 rebound per game as a freshman, logging only 9.1 minutes per contest as Anthony Hickey's primary backup. Originally a native of High Point, NC, he came to LSU by way of Massanutten High Military Academy in Virginia.

For more on Collins' release, including a quick quote from Jones on the subject, click on the link below.

Corban Collins leaves LSU

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The other news of the day relates to the assistant coaching vacancy opened up when Robert Kirby bolted to take a similar position with Memphis this week.

TSD originally provided four names connected with the opening, but two more legitimate candidates have surfaced.

Click on the link below for more information and to discuss with myself and Matt McCurdy.

Newest candidates for assistant coach opening


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