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)
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
As a junior at Woodrow Wilson High,
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
"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
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
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
"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."