COMMENTARY: Chiming in on the latest buzz

For the past month, there has been a buzz in the air surrounding LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux.

The junior quarterback recently racked up his third suspension in the previous calendar year and there are plenty of questions surrounding his future with the Tigers. Named the MVP of the SEC Championship last December, Perrilloux's return would solidify LSU as a top 10 team going into the 2008 season.

Without Perrilloux, Miles and the Tigers would be forced to turn to redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee or Harvard transfer Andrew Hatch.

LSU opened spring drills last Friday. Prior to the first practice session, Miles chatted with the media about the status of the team.

And with little surprise, the first question Miles was asked pertained to the besieged field general.

"I am not going to spend a lot of time thinking and talking about (Perrilloux)," Miles said. "I am focusing on the guys who are competing for a position on this team now. I'd appreciate if you don't ask me any more questions about him."

Miles said the matter was being handled internally. He also got snippy about the media's constant inquiries.

"My discipline is about team discipline," Miles said. "My responsibility is to the program and the team and not to the media. You guys get no vote and no say about the suspension. In time, you'll get to know stuff.

"The reality of it is (Perrilloux) is no longer part of the team (at this time). It's a very serious issue."

Instead, the fourth year head coach focused on the players who are taking the snaps in practice, that being Lee and Hatch.

"These two guys will divide every rep this spring," Miles said. "They'll be guys we want to develop and teach the position. We have 15 practices. They'll be at a certain level after eight practices. Hopefully, at the back end of spring, they'll be at a higher level."

Well, if the drama on the gridiron wasn't enough for you last week, there was a fair amount of chit-chat around the hardwood as well.

And it revolved around Anthony Randolph.

Randolph, LSU's 6-10, 220-pound center, is apparently toying with the notion of leaving school for the NBA at the end of the year.

His name recently popped up on one ESPN analyst's draft board and Randolph is being projected as a top 10 pick. The chatter came in the midst of LSU's recent three-game winning streak.

From watching Sunday's 71-64 win over Georgia, it was apparent Randolph was already trying to show off his skills. Sure he scored 19 points as LSU's second-leading scorer behind Marcus Thornton's 36, but Randolph was non-existent on the boards, didn't block a single shot and attempted more off balance, turnaround, fadeway jumpers than you could count.

Actually, it kind of looked like Glen Davis a year ago.

While Thornton and Chris Johnson combined for 43 points, 25 rebounds and eight blocked shots, Randolph could be seen floating around on the perimeter or slowly trotting up and down the floor.

He did throw down an impressive ally-oop dunk, but then got tagged with a technical foul for hanging on the rim.

It is understandable Randolph has talent and a great deal of upside. But ready for the NBA? A top 10 pick?

Check out ESPN.com's evaluation of Randolph heading into his freshman season.

"He needs to add strength and some weight to his wiry frame for the next level. There have been some questions regarding his work ethic and commitment to improving his game. He has the ability to shoot in from the outside, though he could use some work on his jump shot. He is not even close to realizing his potential at this point in his career."

And anyone who has seen Randolph play this season has witnessed he still doesn't have the greatest touch from the perimeter. He's too thin to play inside (right now) at the next level and his defense has to improve drastically.

With the amount of talent headed into Baton Rouge next season and considering the Tigers return every player from this team, LSU has a chance to be very good in 2009.

It would be a shame to see Randolph leave now and potentially make a huge mistake.




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