Blakeney thinks LSU can be nation's top team

Freshman Antonio Blakeney is welcoming excitement and expectations surrounding LSU basketball. He's even creating some of both with his latest comments.

By the time late March rolls around, it will be the 10-year anniversary of the last LSU team to crash the Final Four.

If prized freshman signee Antonio Blakeney has his way, the 2015-16 Tigers will ring in the celebration by attending the Final Four themselves as one of the nation's top outfits.

"Right away I think we can be the best team in the country, simple as that," Blakeney told TSD's Ben Love last week on "Bumper to Bumper Sports" on 103.7 FM (KWLB) in Lafayette.

Blakeney also shared the highlights of his recent trip to California at the NIKE Basketball Academy, where he was the youngest player in attendance, and detailed why it's so important for him to put in work away from the court.

On who helped him in Cali: "Stanley Johnson, he came through and helped me. Kevin Durant and Paul George, too. Paul George kinda taught me how to set up the ball screen."

On importance of working off the floor: "It's been a part for me because I know just playing on the court is not going to make you the best player. You have to do the off-the-court stuff. You have to do yoga, you have to stretch, you have to lift, you have to run. It's all the stuff that's hard and a lot of people might not want to do, but you have to do it if you want to be the best."

That last sentiment is what helped fuel the documentary series "Be Great," filmed last year on Blakeney by Home Team Hoops.

Click on the link below to hear Blakeney discuss how that series came about and much more as he begins his journey at LSU.

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