Another Bass for LSU

New LSU basketball coach Trent Johnson did not get a chance to recruit for the Tigers 2008 class because signing day had already passed but that did not stop the headman from landing one of his own commitments for 2008 as Chris Bass has signed a national letter-of-intent to play for the Tigers.

If the last name doesn’t ring a bell to LSU fans then it should because Chris is the younger brother of former LSU star Brandon Bass, who plays for the Dallas Mavericks.


Chris (6-1, 180) played his high school ball at Capitol in Baton Rouge but when former LSU coach John Brady did not recruit him he decided to take his game to Lee Academy in Lee, Maine with the hopes of gaining some attention from the Tigers.


After averaging 16 points and eight assists a game in prep school the attention from Brady still did not come.


That changed, though, when Johnson and his staff took over and they recently delivered the good news to Bass.


“I went up and talked to coach (Johnson) a few days ago and I told him I wanted to play for LSU,” Bass said. “He said he was glad to have me and welcome aboard.”


Bass received a lot of interest from schools such as Alabama, Tulane, Loyola-Marymount, TCU, and several others but he always held out hope that he would be able to return home someday.


So when the offer from LSU came there was no question on what his next step would be.


“It was always in my blood to play for LSU so I didn’t even have to think about it,” Bass said. “To me it felt like a dream come true but Brady never recruited me. When coach Johnson came in I looked at is as a second chance and I’m excited about the future.”


LSU fans are still getting familiar with Johnson and his staff but from what Bass says it sounds like they are going to like the new regime.


“Coach Johnson is a great guy and he is very serious,” said Bass. “He is a hard worker and he wants everyone that comes into his program to be a hard worker too. He wants to get LSU back to the (NCAA) tournament and get the program turned back around and I think he is going to do that quicker than people think.”


One of the things that LSU had lacked for most of Brady’s tenure was a true point guard but Johnson has addressed that issue right off the bat.


“I provide good leadership and I get everybody involved in the flow of the game,” Bass said. “I make sure everyone is on the same page and I play good defense. That’s what I bring to the table.”

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