One and done

LSU is still searching for a new basketball coach to lead the men's program and whoever is selected to take over will have one less weapon at his disposal as Anthony Randolph has officially declared to enter the NBA draft.

As a freshman, Randolph was an honorable mention choice as a Freshman All-America and would have been one of the top players in the SEC for the 2008-09 season.


Randolph averaged 15.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks during the 2007-08 campaign and was the only LSU player to start all 31 games during the season.


The 6-10, 210 pound forward from Dallas, Texas, received advice from those close to his family and from LSU interim head coach Butch Pierre but in the end he did what he felt was best at this stage of his career.


“After much discussion with my family and those closest to me, I feel that there cannot be a better time for me to enter the NBA Draft,” said Randolph. “I am well aware of the challenges young men face when entering the professional ranks of any career. However, I believe I am ready to face these challenges with a positive attitude, and I have faith and determination that I will succeed in these endeavors.”


Pierre played a big role in Randolph’s decision to attend LSU and although some may not agree with the decision to leave after only one year, Pierre isn’t one of them.


“He’s matured in a way where early on in the season he learned a lot of things, and I think the decision that he’s making right now is a good decision. I support whatever he wanted to do,” Pierre said. “Anthony is one of those guys who doesn’t show a lot of facial expressions. When he walked into my office on the third floor in the latter part of the year, in the last three or four weeks, he showed more expression, and that’s the maturity and what the people in the NBA see in him.”


When Randolph signed with the Tigers many felt that he may only play one year with the Tigers before heading to the NBA.


While he may be leaving after one year in the program, the standout performer wants his fans to know that he will always be a Tiger.


“Finally, I would like to thank all of the LSU fans, family and alumni for their support this past year. All of you are the biggest reasons I had such a tremendous experience playing for the Tigers.


“I would like everyone to know that I will be cheering for my team and the University for the rest of my life as they move on and continue to play for national championships in every sport, especially men’s basketball. Having said that, it is now my time to say goodbye as an LSU basketball player, but as always, go Tigers!”

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