The Tigers have received a verbal commitment from Regis Koundjia, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward originally from the Central African Republic. According to Dave Telep of The Insiders Hoops, Koundjia was highly recruited by national champion Maryland, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Georgetown and Ohio State. He has received scholarship offers from Wake Forest and Xavier.
Koundjia was originally placed as a sophomore at Dayton Christian School in Ohio upon arriving in the United States in 2000, but the state athletic association there established new rules affecting foreign-born players that prevented him from playing as a junior. Instead of sitting out a second straight year, Koundjia transfered to the Laurinburg Institute in Laurinburg, N.C. - a team that earned recognition the USA Today national prep polling.
In the 2001-02 season, Koundjia averaged 16 points and ten rebounds a game for Laurinburg. Despite his limited experience in the United States, he is viewed as a very refined player with great leaping ability the ability and to score from the outside. Koundjia, who visited LSU on Thursday, will play summer basketball with the Potomac Valley Blue Devils.
Xavier was hoping to reunite Koundjia with another Central African Republic countryman. The Musketeers successfully recruited Romain Sato from Dayton Christian in 2000 when he was chosen the Ohio Player of the Year. In his sophomore season at Xavier, Sato was the No. 2 scorer for the Musketeers who advanced to the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
LSU is hosting guard Darrell Mitchell Jr. from St. Martinville on his official visit this weekend. He is expected to announce his decision next week and could be the last member of the Tigers' signing class for 2002.