One of the headliners on the list of players in attendance was 2015 Byrd combo guard Chad Lott, and after the event was over, he headed back to Shreveport more than impressed with the talent the state has to offer.
"It has really opened my eyes to the talent that is in Louisiana," Lott said of the combine. "Through the EYBL and AAU systems, I have played against a lot of great players from all over the country, but the talent in this gym is just as good."
Playing multiple scrimmages against other top players from the Class of 2015, Lott entered the event with the sole purpose of impressing the many high school and college coaches in attendance.
Knowing that so many eyes were on him, Lott admitted that is was a little overwhelming at first, but nothing that he could not handle.
"It makes me nervous to a certain extent," he said of the many coaches watching him play. "I mean, they are college coaches so of course I want to perform perfectly for them, but it motivates me more. I see all of those coaches out there and it gives me a spark and makes me play harder."
One face in the crowd that paid particular attention to Lott was LSU head coach Johnny Jones.
Lott has already received a scholarship offer from LSU and took an unofficial visit to the campus the morning before the event, giving both he and Jones plenty of time to talk.
"We spoke and had a nice little conversation," said Lott. "I don't think I can talk too much about that."
Despite holding the scholarship offer from LSU, Lott knows that his recruiting process isn't over yet.
"It takes off a little pressure that I'm not fighting for an offer," he explained, "but at the same time, I still have to work to keep that offer."
Last season at Byrd, the 6-foot-3 guard helped push the Yellow Jackets to the 5A playoffs by averaging a solid 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game. Unfortunately, their playoff lives were cut short as they lost to eventual champion Scotlandville in the first round.
Entering his junior season, Lott wants to make Byrd's playoff stay last longer, and he knows that he needs to improve various parts of his game to reach that goal.
"Last season, I was all offense," he said. "This year, I want to step up more as a defensive player and more as a leader. I just want to be more versatile."
He used the scrimmages at the combine as a test run and was pleased with his performance.
"I'm definitely trying to be more vocal," he said. "I feel like if I'm more vocal with players that I don't even know, then being verbal with my team shouldn't be much of a problem."
In addition to LSU, Lott also holds scholarship offers from SMU, Colorado State, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and Oklahoma State, while also drawing interest from UCLA and Baylor.
While he likes Louisiana, he is not using location as one of the reasons to pick a destination. Instead, he is looking for a school that gives him the best chance of fulfilling his dream of playing in the NBA.
"That's not a problem for me," Lott said of potentially leaving Louisiana. "To stay in state or leave the state, it doesn't matter. My dream is to get into the NBA, so I'm just looking for the school that will put me in the best position to help me accomplish that."
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