LSU fans are used to flipping on the Under Armour and Army All American Games in early January to see future Tigers flooding football fields in Orlando and San Antonio.
Tonight that same practice, for the first time in a long time, will extend itself to the hardwood as Bayou Bengal basketball will be as represented as any program in the country during the 38th McDonald's All American Game.
The boy's game tips off at 8 p.m. Central Time (ESPN) in Chicago's United Center, the home of the NBA's Bulls.
Suiting up for the East Team will be LSU signee Ben Simmons and commitment Antonio Blakeney, teammates the past few summers with E1T1 Elite on Nike's EYBL circuit set to be reunited in Baton Rouge.
The five-star duo hopes to add another blue-chipper to the Tigers' roster in Malik Newman, who Wednesday night will go against Blakeney and Simmons as part of the West Team.
Simmons, rated by Scout as the No. 2 overall player in 2015, is a matchup nightmare in the frontcourt. Standing almost 6-foot-10, this native Australian southpaw has perimeter skills on the offensive end while still maintaining a physical edge attacking the glass. He's finishing up his third season - second full season - with perennial power Montverde Academy (Fla.).
CLICK HERE to view TSD's video interview with Simmons in New Orleans this January.
Blakeney, Scout's No. 24 overall player and No. 5 shooting guard, is one of the best pure scorers in the class. Armed with a consistent high-release jumper, Blakeney is also more than capable of getting into the lane and finishing above the rim at 6-foot-4. He's prepped at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando.
CLICK HERE for Blakeney's explanation of why he chose LSU.
Newman, the top shooting guard and No. 8 overall player for Scout, is a domineering physical presence on the perimeter. The 6-foot-3 guard is well-built and has cultivated a championship pedigree during his time at Callaway High School, near Jackson, Miss. LSU is among a short list of schools still in the running for Newman, a list that includes Mississippi State, Kentucky and Kansas.
CLICK HERE for Scout's Q&A with Newman in Chicago this week.
The only other college program with multiple participants tonight is Duke, which lays claim to Ohio wing Luke Kennard and Bishop Gorman (NV) big man Chase Jeter.
Tonight's showcase game will also mark the first time LSU has had two McDonald's All Americans compete in the same year since 1993, when future Tigers Ronnie Henderson and Randy Livingston took center stage.
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