Ludwig has been to LSU many, many times over the years since he is a lifelong Tiger fan but this latest trip gave him more insight into the basketball program than he ever had before and he also got some good news as well.
“It went really well. I loved it,” said the 6-7, 195 pound shooting forward of his trip. “The coaching staff really impressed me. I loved all of the coaches and all of the basketball staff. The facilities and the future facilities that are being built are all going in the right direction. I was just real impressed when I visited.”
The good news that Ludwig received was a scholarship offer and one that he had been waiting on.
“It was a really good feeling,” Ludwig said of the offer from the Tigers. “I felt honored to have coach (Trent) Johnson offer me. It was a great feeling.”
Some may wonder why Ludwig did not accept the offer on the spot but he had a plan going in that he was going to stick to.
“I didn’t commit because it may be a little too early and my dad wants me to take this process at kind of a slow pace and go through everything thoroughly so ultimately in the end I make the right decision for me,” said Ludwig, who also has offers from Tulane, Louisiana Tech, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe and interest from Ole Miss, Auburn, Syracuse, Virginia and others. “It wasn’t anything against LSU but just me making sure I took things slow.”
Was it tough to hold back on pulling the trigger?
“It was,” he said with a laugh.
One thing Ludwig wanted to be clear on was that his decision had nothing to do with the first-year staff in place at LSU and in fact that made his decision to take things slow even harder.
“Their overall philosophy on coaching and teaching the game, and really just everything about them really impressed me,” said Ludwig. “How they run their program and the direction that they are taking the LSU program in the next few years was all great.”
The long-term goals Johnson and his staff have should make Tiger fans happy but Ludwig said success could be reached much quicker than some expect.
“I definitely think under coach Johnson they are going to be making runs through the (NCAA) tournament in a couple of years, especially with the staff on board,” said Ludwig. “They’ve got a lot of seniors on the team coming back so I think they can have a really strong first year and do some good things now.”
Note: Ludwig was an all-State selection as a junior and also tabbed the Class A Outstanding Player of the Year. Averaged 23.2 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, and three assists a game.