Tyler Junior College forward Eden Ewing has been talking with LSU for three weeks now and the former Nevada signee decided to take an official visit to LSU this past weekend and came away impressed.
"It was great. The culture of that place was great and I had a really good time," Ewing said.
LSU is selling Ewing on the ability to come in right away and earn his own playing time.
"They want me to come in and play and help the program out. With hard work comes that playing time and privilege. You get what you get. They want me to show my game," Ewing said. "It's a great conference. You get publicity and they want me to help the program out to win and help me get to my dreams."
LSU likes Ewing's versatility and his ability to play multiple positions. Ewing said he thrives in that positon.
"They see me as a four/three. That's where they see me at and where I'm most comfortable at. As a four, I can put the ball on the floor and if they put a four on me, I can get past them. If they put a guard on me, I can get past them and get an easy bucket. That's kind of the best of both worlds. It's kind of hard to mess up like that."
On Sunday, Johnny Jones met 1-on-1 with Ewing to talk about the program.
"These guys are about their business and they want to win. I want to go to a big program and help people win too. I want to better myself and better my career. That's what they're willing to do for me and the LSU basketball program."
Ewing plans a decision around February, but said if he feels confident enough in it, it could come sooner.
"I'm a big team guy so I put a lot of time and effort into my team."
Fresno State got a visit a couple weeks ago. Purdue, Iowa State and Texas Tech are in the mix as of now, but Ewing said LSU is sticking out in a way.
"Not really any other schools like LSU I can't even lie. That's a great atmosphere and who wouldn't want to be a part of that?" Ewing said. "I can't say that (they're my leader) right now. I'm not really comfortable saying that. I had a bad experience coming out of high school. I love LSU."
Ewing signed with Nevada in 2015 and Nevada fired their coach shortly after the season, which negatively affected Ewing. That led him to going to Tyler.
"That kind of depressed me. My grades went down and I didn't know what my next move was. I didn't know if I wanted to play basketball or football and then my mentor, TJ Ford, reached out to coach Mike Marquis and he gave me a shot and he wanted me to play for him. I trust this guy. He got me to where I am today so I trust that guy."
The 6-8.5, 220-pound forward is looking for a family atmosphere at his next stop.
"I'm looking for who wants me and wants to reach my dreams. I'm looking for a family. I want that comfort and love like I have at my junior college. That's why I came here is because there's nothing, but love and family."
Ewing is planning a Purdue and Texas Tech visit soon, but the dates haven't been decided just yet.