When Ilker Er tried to commit to LSU last week, there were two things standing in his way: LSU had no open scholarships and he had not yet taken the ACT.
The scholarship issue was taken care of with two apparent transfers in freshman guards Corban Collins and Malik Morgan. The second issue should be resolved when Er takes the ACT for the first time on June 8.
According to Arlington (Fl.) Country Day head coach Rex Morgan, Er has a scholarship offer from LSU pending his ACT result.
"He won't have a problem with (the ACT)," Morgan said. "He's a bright kid. As soon as we get that score, then he'll commit to LSU. That's where he's going."
The NCAA does not allow recruits to take official visits, where all expenses are paid, until a prospect has at least taken either the ACT or SAT. Because of that, Er's trip to Baton Rouge last week, during which he added the above picture to his Twitter profile, was unofficial. He was driven to Baton Rouge from Jacksonville, Fla., by Country Day assistant coach Patrice Days, who is a former assistant at the University of New Orleans. Days coached former LSU guard Charles Carmouche when he played for the Privateers.
Er, a native of Turkey, is 6-foot-7 and will play shooting guard at the college level, according to Morgan.
"He's a ‘2' no doubt," Morgan said. "He can flat-out shoot the ball. It's nothing for him to get off 15 or 16 threes in a game."
LSU assistant coach Robert Kirby, who is expected to leave LSU for a position at Memphis, is his lead recruiter. Kirby first saw him at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., over the Christmas holidays. Er scored 16 points, hitting 4 of 8 from 3-point range, in a loss to Huntington Prep and Andrew Wiggins, the top recruit for 2013.
Morgan, who only had Er for one season, said that he has evolved during that time from a spot-up shooter to an all-around player.
"He's not your typical European kid that's not athletic," said Morgan, who played at Jacksonville and is a former NBA first-round draft pick. "He's athletic. He's had to learn to put the ball on the floor. He's learned to go left or right and get it off. We send him in the corner on the fast-break and he gets his shot off in a millisecond."
Er originally committed to Rhode Island, but Morgan is confident that he can compete at the SEC level.
"He'll be able to play there, no question," Morgan said.
Morgan should know what he's talking about. Country Day is one of the premier basketball programs in the nation and routinely sends players to colleges all over the country. The school currently has eight former players at the Division 1 level.
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