Basketball will host big recruiting weekend

LSU basketball will ride the waves of a big football weekend for the gridiron Tigers with a trio of big-name visitors coming in for the weekend. Come inside for all the latest from TSD's Matt McCurdy.

Just a few weeks ago, the LSU basketball recruiting picture for 2014 was very cloudy. Many of LSU's top prospects had committed elsewhere or had dropped the Tigers from consideration.

Then, in a short span, LSU landed commitments from power forward Aaron Epps and center Elbert Robinson, solidifying its future frontline and bringing some clarity to how the remainder of the class could shape up.

Attention now turns to point guard, as LSU will host Montverde (Fla.) Academy point guard Jalyn Patterson on an official visit this weekend for the Florida football game. Patterson, who is originally from Atlanta, plays AAU with the Atlanta Celtics. He has a scholarship offer from LSU, as well as Auburn, Georgia, St. Louis and George Mason. (Note: His name is spelled "Jalyn" not the widely used and incorrect "Jayln").

Patterson will be joined on his visit by Montverde teammate and 2015 LSU recruit Ben Simmons, a 5-star forward. Simmons will be on an unofficial visit. Also, 2015 Dallas forward Elijah Thomas, a 5-star prospect, is expected at LSU on an unofficial visit.

Dallas guard Cornelius Hudson has previously said he would be taking a visit to LSU this weekend, but Hudson said this week that he would not be coming in and no visit is currently scheduled to LSU.

That leaves Patterson as the main focus of the weekend, as far as 2014 recruiting is concerned. However, with Chicago point guard Miles Reynolds coming to LSU for an official visit on Oct. 18, the question is which would LSU take, or would they take both?

Reynolds is more of a combo-guard than Patterson, but both players can play either guard position. It will be interesting to see what happens if Patterson commits to LSU this weekend. Virtually all recruiting analysts, both nationally and in Georgia, expect Patterson to commit to LSU, although not necessarily following this visit.

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