LSU Basketball Big Board: Spring 2014

Despite signing four players in the early signing period, LSU may still have room for another depending on final numbers with attrition. TSD's Matt McCurdy examines which prospects remain on the Tigers' 2014 Big Board and where they stand with LSU.

We call it The Big Board. The term originated first from either the NFL Draft, or the New York Stock Exchange, depending who you ask. Both are, no doubt, big. LSU's 2014 basketball recruiting list? Not so much.

In fact, it is almost non-existent. With four signees from the early period and only two seniors, it will already take a bit of attrition to make the numbers work out. The prevailing wisdom has been on junior Johnny O'Bryant to leave early for the NBA, as he strongly considered last season. Additionally, freshman Brian Bridgewater has never been cleared to play or practice this season as he waits on an answer to his appeal for eligibility.

Should O'Bryant leave early and Bridgewater lose his appeal, LSU will be set at the allowed 13 scholarship players. Of course predictions on attrition are hard to make, even for coaches who are around the players on a daily basis.

Is Malik Morgan going to get frustrated about playing time and transfer, as he almost did last season?

Are freshmen Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin going to test the NBA waters?

Will other players that don't get many minutes, leave for playing time at a smaller school?

Those questions are unknown, which is why LSU is continuing to recruit for the 2014 class. LSU coach Johnny Jones has said on multiple occasions that he is always recruiting, because you never know when you might have a scholarship open. It is easier to ramp down, than ramp up, in recruiting, Jones said.

LSU signed power forward Aaron Epps, center Elbert Robinson and guard Jalyn Patterson from the high school level, along with junior college guard Josh Gray. The remaining players on LSU's board following the fall signing period were power forward James Thompson, of Parkview Baptist, power forward LaDamion Keys of Bogalusa (now at Arlington Fl. Country Day), Pittsburgh wing Ryan Skovranko and power forward Malik Hines.

LSU is no longer recruiting Thompson, which was confirmed by is AAU coach, Titus Randle of the Louisiana Future. Randle said LSU has too many post players and "too many coming back."

As of December, LSU was not recruiting Keys, according to his AAU coach Greg Holmes. Keys had DePaul, South Carolina, Texas-El Paso, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi on his list.

Hines, originally from Jackson, moved to play his senior year at Cordia, Ky., for former Kentucky player Rod Rhodes. However, Hines is not eligible to play as a transfer and reports last week had him headed to a prep school in New Jersey.

Skovranko has been monitored by LSU during his senior season, but the coaching staff has never offered him a scholarship. He is considered by most scouts to be a mid-major prospect and LSU will likely not be involved unless massive attrition hits.

Former LSU commit Deng Deng, of Lee College, is also a possibility as a fall-back recruit. He returned to Lee for his sophomore year and is still available, although his recruiting has picked up substantially, and he is considering Baylor and Auburn, among others.

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