LSU targets juco prospect

LSU will lose three projected starters following the 2008-09 hoops season so getting some immediate help is at the top of the staff's list of priorities for the 2009 recruiting class. One guy who could step in and contribute immediately is Panama City (Fla.) Gulf Coast Community College product Brad Reese and he will be in Baton Rouge next weekend for an official visit.

Brad Reese (6-7, 195) had a good freshman year at Gulf Coast where he averaged 16.7 points and 4.1 rebounds a game. He is an athletic swingman who could play the two or three spot and he also has a pretty good outside shot as he knocked down 63 baskets from behind the 3-point line last season.


Several schools have tossed their name into the hat by offering a scholarship but three in particular are in line to get an official visit in the coming weeks and months.


“I got LSU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Alabama, Iowa State, and about four or five more,” Reese said of his offers. “I’m going to LSU next weekend and then Alabama the week after that. Then I’m going to Texas Tech the second weekend in October. After that, I’ll probably visit Oklahoma State and maybe Arkansas but I haven’t decided on the last one yet.”


LSU, along with all of the other schools, spotted Reese in July when he performed at the Mullin Top 120 camp and he went from being an unknown commodity to one of the top hottest Juco players in the South.


“Coach Trent Johnson came out there and saw me and we talked shortly after the camp and since then I’ve been calling and talking to all of the coaches at LSU,” said Reese. “They said they liked how I shot the ball so well and how I played good defense.”


One of the things that grabbed Reese’s attention when LSU started recruiting him was the chance for early playing time and he sees that as a big plus with the Tigers.


“They are losing a lot of guards and they’re going to need a lot of scoring and a lot of minutes,” explained Reese. “All of their offense is going to pretty much be gone after next year so coach said they’re going to bring in a lot of good players and build a program.”


Reese admitted that he did not know a lot about Johnson prior to July but he did know a little about LSU and thinks the two are a good fit.


“I saw him coach at Stanford some but after talking to him now I can tell he is a solid coach and he knows what he is talking about,” said Reese. “I’m interested in learning more about him and the program now.”


As for LSU, Reese said that he has heard plenty about LSU since he originally signed with Southeastern (La.) out of high school and he thinks there is a misconception out there about the school’s athletic program.


“Some think its all about football but there is a lot more to LSU than just football,” he said. “Their basketball program doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves because there is a lot of history and tradition with the program. They had some big-name players like Shaq and a bunch more come through there. A lot of people may not know but LSU used to be a basketball school with the tradition and stuff. I see basketball being a lot bigger part of the school now with coach Johnson over there.”


When Reese makes his trip over to Baton Rouge it should be an eventful weekend as it will be the first week school is in session and it will be the first weekend of the football season.


Aside from the all of that, though, he has a few other items on his agenda for the weekend.


“I want to see how it is and see if I can find my comfort zone,” he said. “When you take a visit, you’ll know if you can go to that school or not. You’ll just feel it. I want to see how the people get treated.


“I also want to talk to the coaches more because in person you can see if they’re being straightforward. I feel they are but I just want to strengthen that relationship and build that trust even more.”


Reese said that at this point he doesn’t want to name a Top five but he did give his level of interest in the Tigers.


“I’m definitely very interested and looking forward to the visit,” he said. “It’s close to my house and it’s in the SEC. There is a big tradition there and I’m definitely very interested in LSU.” 

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