LSU's pursuing Eddie Ludwig

Most feel that the 2009 basketball class in Louisiana is not as strong as it has been in the past but there are a few prospects that can hang with some of the South's best and one of them is Country Day's Eddie Ludwig.

Ludwig, a 6-7, 195-pounder who plays the three and four spot for the Cajuns, was an all-State selection as a junior and was also tabbed the Class A Outstanding Player of the Year after he averaged 23.2 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, and three assists a game.


He had a sterling performance against Texas A&M commit Kourtney Roberson in the state semifinals where his 31 points and 12 rebounds helped lead the Cajuns to victory and a runner-up finish in the state tournament.


Ludwig, who is spending his summer working on his game and traveling with Louisiana Select (AAU), has several offers under his belt and his total could be increasing in the coming weeks.


“I’ve been offered by pretty much every school in Louisiana but I haven’t officially been offered by LSU but they told me they are very interested,” Ludwig said. “I’m getting interest from some SEC schools and most of the Ivy League schools and a bunch of mid-majors like Davidson and Butler are real interested too.”


Ludwig will take an unofficial visit to LSU on Monday to check out the surroundings and he is eager to see what the coaches think.


“They said they were going to do everything in their power to get me to go there so I guess we’ll find out more on Monday,” he said.


Like many athletes in Louisiana, Ludwig has grown up following the Tigers and his passion for LSU in general has been a big part of his life.


“I’m a huge fan of LSU in every sport and I’ve been that way since I was born,” Ludwig said. “I love the campus and the people over there. We’ve always followed the basketball team and we go to every single football game, and most baseball games so I guess you could say I just grew up an LSU guy.”


Ludwig remembers the days when the former LSU stars such as Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Jackson, Brandon Bass, Stromile Swift, Tyrus Thomas, and others had the Tigers ranked near the top of the SEC, and even the nation at times.


With a new regime in town led by head coach Trent Johnson he thinks those days are right around the corner for the LSU program.


“I think they have a great staff in place and they have had a lot of success in the past,” Ludwig said. “I feel like coach Johnson brings that winning attitude that LSU really needs and they are working hard to get things up which I think will last a while.”


Along with LSU, Ludwig has another state school that has made a strong impression on him at this stage of the game and another from outside the state borders.


“Tulane has impressed me,” Ludwig said. “I’ve stayed on their campus and their coach has been in contact with me since my sophomore year. I think for the two Louisiana schools them and LSU would be my top two. I took an unofficial visit to William and Mary and they really impressed me with their academics and the whole layout of the campus and everything.”


Ludwig acknowledged the fact that he may be flying under the radar at this point in time because he plays for a small school that does not get as much attention as some others.


However, flying under the radar is something that doesn’t bother him one bit.


“In a sense I guess you could say I’m not ranked as high as some of the others that are ranked up there but I played against some of the guys and played pretty well so it doesn’t bother me,” he said. “I’m still getting good attention from a lot of college coaches so I don’t mind it.”

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