JaVonte Smart

Recapping LSU Basketball's first Eval Period with offers flying to prospects and who did the staff watch?

Will Wade's staff was on the circuit watching plenty of prospects and handing out offers during the first eval period. Tiger Blitz recaps LSU's weekend in basketball recruiting.

The first evaluation period for college coaches hit this past weekend, meaning new offers and interests would be flying by the time Saturday finished up in most cases for basketball recruits. 

Will Wade's staff was no different. The Tigers dished out 10 offers by Monday morning. LSU is back on the trail aggressively recruiting and evaluating under Wade, who flew on Friday night from Dallas to Hampton, Va. for Saturday's Nike EYBL and then back to Dallas for Sunday's action at adidas. 

LSU assistants watched in Dallas, Ft. Worth and Hampton this weekend along with Wade joining them at times. Here's a recap of some of the basketball storylines for the Tigers from the first evaluation period.

JaVonte Smart got plenty of attention


Joining up with Nike's Houston Hoops this year for the EYBL, Baton Rouge native and five-star guard JaVonte Smart got LSU's full attention for much of the weekend, with assistants frequenting Smart's games all weekend while Wade came in on Saturday and watched Smart play.

Kentucky's John Calipari visited Smart last week at his high school and LSU has to make up some ground to show Smart that he can be a huge part in the resurgence of LSU Basketball, but the Tigers made their first effort a strong one.

As far as top schools, as the spring rolls along, Smart is in no rush to cut his list down and will take his time with his recruitment. He's been quoted saying that he wants to see how LSU plays under Wade in his first season, meaning a spring decision could be in the works.

The No. 1 point guard in 2018 averaged 12 points per game, shooting 55 percent from the floor and averaged 5.5 assists per game this weekend for Houston Hoops. Houston Hoops went 4-1 in Hampton, Va. this weekend.

LSU was also there at Houston Hoops games for three-star shooting guard Greg Williams out of Lafayette and four-star wings Jacobi Gordon and Matthew Mayer.

Tigers dish out offers with a Texas flavor 

When LSU watched five-star point guard Quentin Grimes right off the bat at the adidas Uprising in Dallas, the tone was set. Wade was on hand to watch The Woodlands (Tex.) product battle five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley on Friday night. 

Wade said in his introductory press conference that he wanted to make Texas a priority and hired assistant Tony Benford to help with that. 

LSU finished up the weekend offering multiple Texas prospects including 2018 wing Kyler Edwards, who had a strong performance in Dallas, 2018 fast-rising wing Kaden Archie and 2019 guard Grant Sherfield, one of the top rising juniors in the country. 

Wade watched 2018 five-star wing Gerald Liddell, 2019 five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey and four-star guard De'Vion Harmon, who suited up for RM5 Elite this weekend on the Nike circuit. Maxey and Harmon earned LSU offers (Harmon was offered by Johnny Jones too.) 

Not to mention the multitude of Texas prospects watched like Gordon, Mayer, Mitchell SerialeTyreek SmithJamal GainesMarek Nelson and others, LSU is in good shape in Texas already under Wade.

Don't forget about where you came from.


Wade of course came over from VCU and didn't have to head back to Virginia to watch the Nike EYBL for LSU dished out more offers to Virginia prospects, especially off Team Loaded, which featured 2018 four-star big man David McCormack and 2019 four-star big man Armando Bacot

Virginia-based Boo Williams is another team with multiple high-major prospects on it and as Wade and other assistants watch them more this evaluation period, there's a chance LSU can dip into that program to extend offers as well. Keyontae Johnson and Keldon Johnson are two elite prospects that might see the Tigers decide to offer.

Wade has spent plenty of time in Virginia so even though he'd like to focus on Texas and Louisiana, he'll stretch into Virginia as well for prospects.

As second weekend of eval approaches, expect more offers, contact

It's early in the Wade era of evaluation, but there's been plenty to chew on already for LSU fans. As Weekend 2 arrives, we'll be able to see who LSU is serious about as far as pursuing by who they watch and are in contact with.

Wade will be in Atlanta for the adidas Uprising and in Indianapolis for the Nike EYBL, likely following a similar schedule to Weekend 1.

Stay tuned for plenty of updates, but expect more offers and interest to be coming from the Tigers until then.

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