PROFILES: 2007-08 LSU Tigers

A close-up look at coach John Brady's 2007-08 LSU Tigers.

Garrett Temple
Guard
6-6, 185
Junior
University HS
Baton Rouge, La.

Garrett Temple is the third member of the Temple family to play at LSU joining his father and older brother has started 67 of 68 career games over his first two years.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07)
Started all 32 games, averaging 34.3 minutes a game ... Averaged 8.6 points per game, 3.7 rebounds a game, 4.3 assists a contest ... Made 35 three-pointers, making 26.9 percent ... Had a big improvement at the free throw line, making 57-of-70 or 81.4 percent ... 11 double figure scoring games, 14 for his career ... Had career high of 18 points at Tulane (12/2), but also scored 17 points vs. McNeese State (11/29), at Oregon State (12/17) and in the win over Florida (2/24) ... Had six games of seven assists, two six-assist games and two five assist contests as his assist average finished eighth in the league ... Steals average of 1.63 also finished eighth in the league ... Minutes played average was fifth best in the league ... Finished the year with 138 assists and 83 turnovers, a 1.7 assist/turnover ratio, 10th best in the SEC ... During the month of May, was part of Reach USA Tour of China, part of an all-star team of players that went 6-2 against two Chinese league teams ... Had best game of 11 points in that series.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06)
The redshirt freshman stepped up against Vanderbilt in the SEC quarterfinals when Darrel Mitchell was slowed by a bad ankle hitting 4-of-6 three-pointers to score a season high 14 points ... It was one of three games for Temple in double figures -- Temple scored 10 against Nicholls State (11-21) and 10 at Mississippi State (1-18) ... Started 35 of 36 games , averaging 5.1 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game, 2.8 assists while averaging 33.3 minutes per game (third on the team) ... ... Held J. J. Redick of Duke to one of his poorer shooting nights in the Regional semifinal win against the Blue Devils in Atlanta ... Has earned a reputation as a defensive stopper.

PRIOR TO LSU
Participated in basketball and track and University High School in Baton Rouge ... In track, was a long jump and triple jump specialist ... High school basketball coach was former LSU basketball assistant Ari Fisher ... Averaged 13.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in leading University High to the Class 2A state championship in 2004 ... Team also won the 2002 championships in the classification and was a state semifinalist in 2003 ... Averaged over 14 points for his career.

PERSONAL
Born in Baton Rouge on May 8, 1986 ... Right-handed ... Full name is Garrett Bartholomew Temple ... Parents are Collis Temple and Soundra Johnson Temple ... Father was the first African-American to play basketball at LSU (1971-74) ... Has a younger sister, Colleen Noelle ... Wears 14, swapping the number 41 his dad and brother wore at LSU ... Two older brothers, Collis III (who played at LSU, 1999-03) and Elliott ... Hobbies include listening to music.

Career Highs
Points -- 18, at Tulane, 12/2/06
Rebounds -- 8, four times
Field Goals Made -- 7, vs. McNeese State, 11/29/06
Field Goals Att. -- 13, at Tulane, 12/2/06
3PT FG Made -- 4, three times
3 PT FG Att. -- 10, vs. Texas, 12/10/06
Free Throws Made -- 8, vs. Florida, 2/24/07
Free Throw Attempts -- 9, vs. Florida, 2/24/07
Assists -- 7, six times
Blocks -- 4, vs. Auburn, 1/13/07
Steals -- 4, twice
Minutes Played -- 45, vs. Texas, 12/10/06

Temple's Top Scoring Games

  1. 18 -- At Tulane, 12/2/06
  2. 17 -- vs. Florida, 2/24/07
  3. 17 -- At Oregon State, 12/17/06
  4. 17 -- vs. McNeese State, 11/29/06
  5. 16 -- At Mississippi State, 2/3/07
  6. 16 -- vs. Nicholls State, 11/17/06
  7. 14 -- vs. UConn, 1/6/07
  8. 14 -- vs. Texas, 12/10/06
  9. 14 -- vs. Florida (SECT), 3-11-06)
  10. 13 -- At Auburn, 2/28/07

 

Tasmin Mitchell
Forward
6-7, 230
Junior
Denham Springs HS
Denham Springs, La.

Tasmin Mitchell has started every game of his LSU career over his first two seasons.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07)
Averaged 34 minutes per game for the second straight season, starting every game ... Averaged 14.7 points per game, 6.0 rebounds a game, 1.8 assists per game and 1.0 steals per game ... 26 games in double figures, 48 in first two years ... Six games of 20 points or more -- 21 vs. Louisiana-Monroe (11/19), 23 vs. Texas (12/10), 20 at Washington (12/20), 23 at Tennessee (2/6), 24 at Auburn (2/28) and 21 vs. South Carolina (3/3) ... 10 games of 20 or more in his first two years ... Had four more double doubles to up his career total to seven ... Equaled his career high in rebounds with 12 against Louisiana Tech on Dec. 23 ... Equaled career high of six assists in Houston against Texas (12/10) ... Made 41 three-pointers, giving him 69 made for his career ... Has consistently hit his free throws over his career and after two years is just short of 75 percent ...Finished the season 12th in scoring in the Southeastern Conference, 13th in rebounds, eighth in field goal percentage (46.6 percent) and sixth in minutes played (34.12).

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06)
Averaged 34.4 minutes per game, second on the team and averaged 11.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game in the 36-game season ... 22 games scoring in double figures ... Had four 20 point games, all in important games after the first of the year -- 20 at Ole Miss (1-28), at South Carolina (2-28), vs. Vandy (SECT-3-10) and vs. Florida (SECT-3-11) ... Was named the Chevrolet Player of the Game for his 12 points and six rebounds against UCLA (4-1) in the NCAA Final Four game ... Named the first SEC Freshman of the Week after his performance in the opener against Southern ... Finished 16th in the SEC rebounding list and seventh in minutes played in the SEC that season.

PRIOR TO LSU
Mitchell was a Mr. Basketball selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association following his outstanding career at Denham Springs High School ... Played center at Denham Springs for Coach Paul Smith ... Averaged 26.9 points per game, 10 rebounds, six assists, 3.5 blocks and 2.3 steals ... Was named the Class 5A state Player of the Year, Mr. Basketball and a high school All-American by McDonald's, Parade Magazine and EA Sports.

PERSONAL
Born in Baton Rouge on June 25, 1986 ... Full name is Tasmin Olajuwon Mitchell ... Mother is Collette Mitchell, whom Tasmin cites as his biggest influence because "she always encouraged me to do my best." ... Majoring in sports management ... Godfather is LSU Associate Head Coach Butch Pierre.
Career Highs
Points -- 24, at Auburn, 2/28/07
Rebounds -- 12, twice
Field Goals Made -- 10, at Auburn, 2/2/8/07
Field Goal Attempts -- 20, twice
3 PT FG Made -- 5, vs. ULM, 11/19/06
3 PT FG Att. -- 8, vs. Vanderbilt, 1/24/07
Free Throws Made -- 7, twice
Free Throw Attempts -- 9, at Tennessee, 2/6/07
Assists -- 6, twice
Blocks -- 3, vs. Arkansas, 2/10/07
Steals -- 4, four times
Minutes Played -- 44, vs. Texas, 12/10/06

Mitchell's Top Scoring Games

  1. 24 -- at Auburn, 2/28/07
  2. 23 -- at Tennessee, 2/6/07
  3. 23 -- vs. Texas, 12/10/06
  4. 21 -- vs. South Carolina, 3/3/07
  5. 21 -- vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 11/19/06
  6. 20 -- at Washington, 12/20/06
  7. 20 -- vs. Florida (SECT), 3-11-06
  8. 20 -- vs. Vanderbilt (SECT), 3-10-06
  9. 20 -- at South Carolina, 2-28-06
  10. 20 -- at Ole Miss, 1-28-06

 

2 - Dameon Mason
Guard/Forward
6-6, 185
Senior
West Aurora HS
Kansas City, Mo.
Dameon Mason returned to action in 2006-07 after sitting out 2005-06 season after transferring from Marquette.
REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON (2006-07)
Played in 31 of the 32 games with 14 starts ... Averaged 19.2 minutes per game, 5.4 points per game and 3.0 rebounds a game ... Best two games came on back to back nights during the LSU tournament, scoring 14 against Wright State (12/27) and 13 against Mississippi Valley (12/28) ... Completed the tournament by scoring 11 against Samford (12/29) ... For the three games was 14-of-19 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the arc ... Had five double figure scoring games ... Best rebounding effort as seven against Florida (2/24) ... Shot 42.7 percent from the floor (61-of-143) and 70 percent from the free throw line (35-of-50).
PRIOR TO LSU (2003-05 at Marquette)
Started 28-of-31 games, averaging 30.4 minutes a contest, 11.9 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore ... Scored a career-high 26 points at Oakland and had a double-double with 10 rebounds.
HIGH SCHOOL
Played two seasons under Gordie Kerman ... Averaged 20.9 and 60 percent from the field his senior season ... Second in the voting for the 2002-03 Illinois Mr. Basketball Award.
PERSONAL
Born on March 1, 1985 ... Parents are Brad and Pam Mason ... Lists reading and listening to music as hobbies ... Presently undecided on a major.


3 - Anthony Randolph
Forward
6-10, 190
Freshman
Woodrow Wilson HS
Dallas, Texas
Anthony Randolph ranked nationally as one of the top recruits in the country ... Helps LSU with needed depth at the forward position.
PRIOR TO LSU
Played for Coach Pat Washington at Woodrow Wilson ... Averaged 25.8 points per game and 12.6 rebounds his senior season ... He was first team All-Area Dallas Morning News boys basketball team and a fourth team Parade Magazine All-American ... Went to school in Pasadena and Little Rock, before coming to Woodrow Wilson as a junior ... Had his first triple-double on Jan. 20 against Samuel with 17 points, 14 points, 13 rebounds ... Had 21 points in the 2007 Roundball Classic in Chicago.
PERSONAL
Born in Worzbach, Germany, on July 15, 1989 ... Parents are Anthony and Chrystal Randolph ... One younger sister, Ashley, and one younger brother, Robert Williams ... Left handed ... Favorite food is pizza ... Favorite pro basketball team is the Los Angeles Lakers ... Enjoys shooting pool.


5 - Marcus Thornton
Guard
6-4, 190
Junior
Tara HS
Baton Rouge, La.
Marcus Thornton Local product returns hope as this inside-outside player who should help LSU's perimeter game with his three-point ability.
PRIOR TO LSU
Played at Kilgore Junior College for two seasons, graduating this past summer, after playing high school ball at Tara High in Baton Rouge ... Was named a first-team All-American junior college player in 2007 ... He was most valuable player for Region XIV, averaging 26.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, four assists, hitting 74 three-pointers ... He was named the MVP of the NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association Classic, scoring 19 points for the Texas All-Stars vs. the National All-Stars.
PERSONAL
Born in Baton Rouge on June 5, 1987 ... Right handed ... Parents are Nancy West and Lloyd Woods ... Two brothers, one younger, Jonathan, and one older, Beanie ... Undecided on a major ... Favorite food is cornbread dressing ... Favorite professional athlete is Joe Johnson and favorite pro team is the Phoenix Suns ... Biggest influence in coming to LSU was "being at home and playing in front of my family."


10 - Greg Terrebonne
Guard
6-0, 195
Sophomore
South Lafourche HS
Galliano, La.
Greg Terrbonne walked on to the LSU men's basketball team prior to the 2006-07 season.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07)
Played in five games, a total of seven minutes ... A big part of scout team efforts to prepare the Tigers for opponents ... Finished with three rebounds, one assist and one steal.
PRIOR TO LSU
Participated in basketball at South Lafourche High School for coach Brian Callais and the triple jump in the school's track and field program ... Averaged 15 points and three assists per game last season.
PERSONAL
Born on Oct. 23, 1987, in Thibodaux ... Parents are Gregory and Peggy Terrebonne ... One sister, Leslie ... Father played basketball at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux in 1971 ... Tried to walk on to the LSU team "because playing ball for LSU was always a dream of mine" ... Majoring in mathematics.


11 - Bo Spencer
Guard
6-1, 175
Freshman
Glen Oaks HS
Baton Rouge, La.
Bo Spencer is another of the Baton Rouge contingent that has been a part of LSU's basketball history under John Brady ... Gives LSU more help at the guard position for 2007-08
PRIOR TO LSU
Honor graduate at Glen Oaks for long-time head basketball coach Harvey Adger ... Glen Oaks won two state championships while he was there ... Earned Class 4A All-State honors, Baton Rouge Advocate All-Metro honors ... He was the MVP of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association all-star game ... Averaged 26 points per game, seven assists per game and four rebounds per game ... Scored over 2,000 points at Glen Oaks.
PERSONAL
Born in Baton Rouge on March 21, 1989 ...Right handed ... Parents are John and Vanessa Spencer ... Had one older brother (John) and two older sisters (Tonya and Tamara) ... Chose LSU to "stay closer to home with family" ... Likes to talk on phone and play video games ... Favorite food is Chicken, rice and gravy ... Favorite dessert is sweet potato pie ... Carmelo Anthony is his favorite basketball player and his team, the Denver Nuggets, his favorite NBA team.


13 - Terry Martin
Guard
6-6, 200
Junior
Richwood HS
Monroe, La.
Terry Martin played the second half of the season after becoming eligible after transferring from Texas Tech.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07)
Played in 24 games, starting 16, leading the team in three-point field goals with 52 (52-of-134, 38.8 percent) ... Averaged 29.2 minutes per game, averaging 10.5 points per game (third on the team) and 2.8 rebounds a game ... Scored in double figures in 15 of the games, topped by a 23-point performance against Auburn (1/13).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2005 at Texas Tech)
Played 14 games for the Red Raiders, starting eight before moving back to his home state ... Joined the Tiger team at the start of the spring semester ... Averaged 7.4 points per game 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, while averaging 24.7 minutes.
PRIOR TO COLLEGE
Averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals per game for Richwood High in Monroe ... Richwood won the Class 3A State Championship in his final season there and he was named the MVP of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State team in the class ... High school coach was his father, Terry Martin, Sr. ... Monroe News Star Player of the Year ... Nominee for Louisiana Mr. Basketball.
PERSONAL
Born July 31, 1987 in Natchez, Miss. ... Parents are Terry, Sr., and Audwina Martin ... One brother, Keldric ... Dad played at Louisiana-Monroe and was a draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA in 1984 and played 10 years of pro ball overseas ... Majoring in arts and sciences ... Hobbies, besides basketball, include music and movies.


15 - Anshaun Gatson
Guard
6-0, 165
Freshman
Deridder HS
Deridder, La.
Anshaun Gaston walked on to the Tiger team prior to the team's exhibition tour to Canada.
PRIOR TO LSU
Earned three letters at point guard for Coach Mike Greene at DeRidder ... Team won the district championship in 2005 and lost in the semifinals at the state tournament ... All District 05-06, LHSCA All-Star Game participant ... Averaged 13 points, 7 assists in final season at DeRidder, in 2006 ... Multiple years led team in assists.
PERSONAL
Born October 19, 1987 ... Left handed ... Made academic all-state in senior year in high school ... Mother is Angela Tyler ... Majoring in chemical engineering ... In coming to LSU liked "being close to home; getting the chance to play SEC basketball while getting my degree" ... Likes to listen to music to relax ... Favorite basketball player is Kobe Bryant and of course, in relation to that, favorite NBA team is the Los Angeles Lakers.


20 - Garrett Green
Forward
6-10, 205
Freshman
Taft HS
Woodland Hills, Calif.
PRIOR TO LSU
Three-sport athlete at Taft playing basketball, volleyball and a high jumper on the state track championship team ... Averaged 13 points and nine rebounds ... Won the president's award for his GPA average.
PERSONAL
Right handed ... Born on Jan. 26, 1989 ... Parents are Ron and Deborah Green with a sister and two brothers -- Donnell 38, Robert 21, James 20 .... Chose LSU because "I love the atmosphere at LSU. The basketball team is a bunch of hard working guys that want to get better and win a championship" ... Anticipated major at LSU is business ... Hobbies include snow boarding and wake boarding ... Favorite food is steak ... No surprise favorite team is the Los Angeles Lakers.


21 - Chris Johnson
Center
6-11, 185
Junior
Laurinburg (N.C) Prep
Montross, Va.
Chris Johnson made his first career starts and had his first double figure scoring gme of his LSU career during his sophomore season.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07)
Played in 18 games during the season and started two games, against Alabama (1/31) and at Mississippi State (2/3) ... Played 18 minutes against Alabama, hitting 4-of-8 field goals, including a trey, and all four free throws as he recorded first double figure scoring game of 13 points with three blocks ... Against Mississippi State, playing 24 minutes, scoring four points with seven rebounds and two blocks ... Also would play double figure minutes against Arkansas (2/10), hitting 4-of-8 field goals in nine-point night ... For the season, averaged 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06)
Saw action in 10 games as a freshman, averaged 4.3 minutes a game in those contests ... Averaged 1.3 points, 0.7 rebounds and hit 6-of-18 field goal attempts ... Played season high 10 minutes against both Nicholls State and New Orleans ... Scored a season high six points against Nicholls State (11/21), hitting 3-of-7 field goal attempts.
PRIOR TO LSU
Part of a 40-0 prep school national championship team .... Averaged 8.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a game as a senior and shot 42 percent from three-point range ... Coached by Chris Chaney ... At Colonial Beach High School, averaged 22.2 points per game his final season with 12.5 rebounds.
PERSONAL
Born on July 17, 1985 in Washington, D.C. ... Mother is the late Sandra L. Johnson ... One brother, Joe Posey.


30 - Alex Farrer
Guard
6-5, 190
Sophomore
St. Mary's HS
Phoenix, Ariz.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07)
Played in 14 games, totaling 86 minutes, averaging 1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds a game ... Farrer played double figure minutes four times -- 16 vs. McNeese (11/29), 12 vs. Nicholls State (11/17), 11 vs. Wright State (12/27) and South Carolina (3/3) ... Scored season best five points versus Nicholls State (11/17) and McNeese (11/29).
PRIOR TO LSU
Farrer averaged 17.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and three blocked shots a game for a St. Mary's team that was 24-7 and advanced to the Arizona Class 5A state championship game ... Also played first base for the baseball team ... Second team all-region as a junior and first team all-region as a senior ... All-state honorable mention as a senior.
PERSONAL
Born on Dec. 10, 1986, in Phoenix ... Full name is Alex Joseph Farrer ... Parents are Robert and Pam Farrer ... Dad played college basketball ... Two older brothers, Andrew and Rob, and one older sister, Julie ... Planning towards business administration major.


32 - Quintin Thornton
Forward
6-8, 225
Junior
Edgewater HS
Orlando, Fla.
PRIOR TO LSU
As a junior in high school, Edgewater HS team won a state title ... Team had a national appearance on ESPN in a high school game telecast ... Ended high school career ranked among the top 35 post players in the country ... At Odessa, average 7.1 points and 8.9 rebounds as a freshman, earning WJCAC Honorable Mention and All-Conference ... Averaged 8.9 points and 7.5 rebounds, making 54 percent of his field goal attempts.
PERSONAL
Nickname is "Q" ... Born in Orlando, Fla. ... Birth date is Sept. 25, 1986 ... Right handed ... Chose LSU "because it's a great school and it's just like home" ... Parents are Vivian Fowler and Ronnie Thornton ... One brother, DJ (4), and a sister, Tenaha (14) ... Anticipated major at LSU is sociology ... Favorite dessert is chocolate cake ... Favorite pro athlete is Amaze Stoudemire and favorite team the Phoenix Suns.

 


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