Already Johnny Jones & Co. have received a signed National Letter of Intent from five-star forward Ben Simmons and a verbal commitment from Simmons’ EYBL teammate, five-star guard Antonio Blakeney.
The Tigers are still actively recruiting and below are the four remaining names in play. It’s always possible LSU signs a transfer (those are starting to pop up almost daily this time of year), but for the most part if the Bayou Bengals are to add another player or two in the class, he/they are expected to come from this group.
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The 6-foot-3 perimeter player is a rare breed this late in the recruiting cycle – a consensus top-10 prospect still available and legitimately up in the air as far as his final decision goes. Newman, a state-title magnet during his time at Callaway High School (MS), is rated as Scout’s top shooting guard in the nation and No. 8 overall player in 2015. But Newman has designs on playing point guard, something LSU is more than willing to accommodate and a big reason, along with Blakeney and Simmons, that he’s considering the Tigers. Also in consideration for Newman: Mississippi State, Kansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss and NC State. LSU has climbed into a good position but has work to do to close, particularly as the squad in Starkville has beefed up its chances with recent coaching staff additions.
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Proof that some recruitments aren’t over until the ink has dried and they’re officially over, Sampson now finds himself back on the recruiting market after Steve Lavin and his staff left St. John’s (NY), where the four-star originally committed on Jan. 11. The 6-foot-4 Madison Prep shooting guard just capped off his second state championship in three seasons. His Baton Rouge-area school went undefeated in Louisiana and lost only once all season . . . oddly enough to Newman and Callaway in the Lighthouse Classic. Sampson, who details his latest in the video below, has already taken an official visit to LSU, months ago, and will continue to consider the local Tigers along with a host of West Coast suitors coming hard now that they’re back in the mix with Sampson’s recruitment reopened.
This is not the first time LSU has recruited Kasongo, a native of Toronto who began as a 2014 prospect before ending up at College of Southern Idaho this season as a full qualifier. The Tigers are back in on Kasongo in 2015, as are two other programs from the Southeastern Conference (see link below). A 6-foot-9 power forward, Kasongo would go a long way toward solving LSU’s dissolving numbers in the post. Possibly the best news for whoever lands Kasongo: the big man has four years to play three, meaning he can beef up your play in the paint for a while to come. He is the only remaining non-transfer big man currently on the Tigers’ Big Board.
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LSU has been linked with Lott, a three-star shooting guard, for several years, and the Shreveport native has an affinity for the program. Lott, 6-foot-2.5, led C.E. Byrd all the way to the state semifinals in Class 5A this season, showcasing a wide array of talents. In many ways it’s felt as if LSU was the preferred option for Lott, who has a solid relationship with Johnny Jones, but he has stayed in touch with several others just in case there’s not room in Baton Rouge. Among the other programs with Lott on their radar: Arizona State, TCU and Texas Tech. His hasn’t been a conventional recruitment to follow, but Lott will have a clearer picture of his future soon. There just may have to be a few dominoes that fall first.
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