Amid a surprisingly busy midsummer stretch in LSU basketball, TSD's Ben Love touched base with Ricky Blanton on the biggest topics floating to the surface.
In an interview first aired on "Bumper to Bumper Sports" on 103.7 FM (KLWB) in Lafayette, the duo started with Johnny Jones' options to replace assistant John Treloar before moving on to the impact of the three freshmen to the program (Ben Simmons, Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson) and what type of player the Tigers will get in 2016 commitment Wayde Sims, whose father Wayne played with Blanton at LSU.
Here was Blanton's response to Treloar leaving and the vacant chair on Jones' bench ...
"I'm a little surprised, no question about it. But for anyone who's a basketball guy, the allure of the NBA will never change. It's the best league in the world ... so if John Treloar is going to stay in the NBA, you can't fault him," said Blanton. "But the timing is probably not the best. Coach (Jones) is going to get out in July to start recruiting, then LSU is going on a trip to Australia in August and, not to mention, this has been in the works for a couple of months. Things were in place."
Where will Jones turn next?
"The situation based on all the candidates will determine that," responded Blanton. "I think he'll do what's best for the program. So if you have a guy he thinks is qualified to be on the floor and be one of those top assistants, then obviously he'll put Charlie Leonard in as the Director of Operations. But because we're late in the game, if he can't find that fit he feels comfortable with, he's got a longtime friendship with Charlie Leonard, so he can put him back as an assistant, back on the floor."
Click on the link below to listen to the rest of the basketball back-and-forth, which includes the trickle-down effects Anthony Davis remaining in New Orleans will have on hoops in Louisiana.
Blanton's Take: Assistant opening, freshmen
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