Just a few short weeks ago, LSU appeared to be done with basketball recruiting for this year and had moved on to the 2014 class. A recent flurry of real and potential transfers has forced Tiger coaches back in the hunt for 2013 talent.
With Jalen Courtney already gone, Corban Collins expecting to leave and Malik Morgan still in flux, LSU has three recruits for 2013 still in play: Turkish wing Ilker Er, 6-7 from Arlington (Fl.) Country Day; 6-3 combo guard Randy Onwuasor of Inglewood (Ca.) High School; and Central Connecticut State transfer Kyle Vinales, a 6-1 combo guard with two years of eligibility left.
TSD has recently profiled Er. After interviews on Monday, the following is additional information on Vinales and Onwuasor:
Vinales did not have much transition to the college game. The Detroit native started out strong, averaging 17.9 points as a freshman at CCSU, and then followed that up with 21.6 points per game as a sophomore, which ranked 8th in the country.
Despite his personal success, Central Connecticut didn't win much and Vinales wanted to experience a winning team.
"I'm looking for a program where I can be successful while winning," Vinales told TSD. "I want to go to the postseason and play against the best. LSU has a lot of good bigs coming in. That's the kind of team I want to play for. At Central Connecticut, we weren't successful. We had the same players coming back, so making the tournament would be a longshot. I want to challenge myself with better competition."
LSU assistant coach David Patrick is recruiting Vinales, and reached out to him once LSU had scholarships available. Vinales will be taking an official visit to LSU on June 3.
"My strength is my scoring," Vinales said. "A lot of people label me just a scorer, but I can make plays for other people as well. I consider myself a combo-guard, but I can play the point. LSU is recruiting me as a combo-guard. Wherever I'm needed the most, that's where I'll play."
Vinales has taken an official visit to LaSalle, and unofficial visits to Toledo and Detroit. He briefly committed to Toledo, before opening his recruitment back up. He said many other schools have been contacting him to set up potential visits, including Minnesota, Miami (Oh.), Memphis, Saint Louis, Florida State and Xavier.
He said that he doesn't have any other visits scheduled at this point and that he would commit to LSU, if the visit went well.
"If I feel like LSU is the best fit for me, I would consider committing during the visit," he said.
As a transfer, Vinales would have to sit out next season and would have two years of eligibility remaining.
Onwuasor already visited LSU earlier this month, and told TSD that LSU has offered him. He said the visit went well, but school had ended and most LSU players had already gone home. He was able to hang out with John Odo and Jarell Martin.
"It was a nice visit," Onwuasor told TSD. "The campus was nice."
Onwuasor has already visited Saint Louis and Miami (Oh.), and has a visit scheduled for next week with Texas Tech. He said he plans to commit before the end of the month.
"I want to go to a place that plays my style, which is to get up and down the court," he said. "A place that will continue to get better."
Onwuasor said he is a combo guard and compared himself to NBA star Russell Westbrook.
"I'm long and athletic," he said. "I can score and get others involved."
He attributed his light-level of recruiting to the fact that he did not play on a major AAU team, just a small local program.
Onwuasor is also being recruited by David Patrick.
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