Tigers ink two on signing day

The LSU men's basketball team received signed national letters of intent from two players, Anthony Randolph and Quintin Thornton, on the first day that players could sign in the fall signing period for the 2007-08 season.

Randolph, a 6-10, 220-pound forward from Dallas Woodrow Wilson High School, is a five-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com and Scout.com and Thornton (6-9, 230, Orlando, Fla.) will come to LSU from Odessa (Texas) College.


Randolph was ranked as the No. 12 player in the Class of 2007 by Scout.com and No. 16 by Rivalshoops.com. TexasHoops.com ranks Randolph as the No. 2 player from 2007 in Texas.


As a junior at Woodrow Wilson High, Randolph battled through a broken hand to average 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots a game. In AAU play, he averaged 20 points and 15 boards a game.


"Anthony Randolph is a tremendous signee for us," said LSU Coach John Brady. "He certainly solidifies this class and makes this recruiting class as good as any we have had at LSU. Randolph can play multiple positions, both inside and outside. He's long, athletic ... even at 6-9, he can play with the ball in his hand. He has good size and a very strong skill level. We are extremely excited about bringing him in as a part of the LSU basketball program."


Thornton averaged 7.1 points and 8.9 rebounds a game for Odessa as a freshman after leading Edgewater High School in Orlando to the Class 6A Florida state championship where he averaged 10 points and 13 rebounds as a senior.


Midwest Scouting Service ranks Thornton as one of the top 15 JUCO sophomores in the country and one of the 10 best sophomore big men.


"Quintin Thornton fills a need for our team in the immediate future," said Brady, whose 2006-07 Tigers open exhibition play on Thursday at 7 p.m. against EA Sports. "He has the size that we need to continue to be able to defend and rebound successfully around the goal. In addition, being from a junior college, he will bring two years of experience to our team. We are happy to have him sign with us and I like the package that he will bring to LSU."


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