At this point Johnson and company look to have their sights set on locking down all that talent in the state, and that begins with Louisiana's highest rated player in Langston Galloway.
The 6-2, 180-pound Galloway is currently rated a 3-star recruit by Scout.com for the 2010 class. He is listed as a shooting guard, but his skill set makes him an ideal combo guard, capable of bringing the ball down the floor or lighting up the scoreboard as the shooting guard.
Galloway, who is only a junior at Christian Life Academy, is gunning for his third consecutive state championship. He knows that to accomplish that goal he will have to play to his strengths, while at the same time improving on a few facets of his game.
“I need to be more consistent and step up in a leadership role,” he said. “I have to be able to play point guard when they need me to. I’m just starting to get my dribbling game together where I can take people off the dribble and create.
“I can do multiple things to help the team win,” Galloway continued. “It doesn’t matter if it’s rebounding, passing, or shooting. I’m comfortable with catching and shooting now. That and defense are probably the strengths of my game.”
Those strengths have come to the forefront early on in his junior campaign as Galloway is averaging over 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists a game. He recently topped the 1,000-point mark for his career and is now up to 1,180 after his 25-point performance against Hammond on Tuesday night.
Given that he is considered by some to be the best player in the state this year regardless of classification and will probably end up being one of the best in the south for 2010, its almost a given that Galloway would have the attention of college coaches from across the country. Right now he says he has about 10 offers, and there are sure to be more coming down the road.
“I have offers from LSU, Baylor, Ole Miss, St. Josephs, Southeastern, and Harvard,” said Galloway, who claims about a 3.5 grade point average. “I’m getting a lot of interest from Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, California, Stanford, Holy Cross, Oregon State, USC, and Indiana.”
Galloway says that all of his schools are even at this point, but Trent Johnson and his staff are doing everything they can to change that as they’ve obviously made the combo guard a top priority for 2010.
“I talk to the LSU coaches pretty often,” said Galloway. “We talk whenever they can call me, which is about once a month. I talk to Coach G and Coach Scott every month, and I talk to Coach Johnson every time I visit the school. I was there for the Alabama game, but I haven’t made any basketball games yet because my schedule has been so crazy.”
Galloway has had a chance to build a good relationship with the coaches, especially Johnson, through all the time he has spent talking with them.
“Coach Johnson is a real nice guy,” he said. “He’s not trying to be different just because he’s a new coach. He’s a players’ coach. He tells me about the new style they are putting in and how he thinks I would like it. I haven’t really thought about what style I’d like to play in college yet, although I do like the slow down game.”
As with other Louisiana recruits, Johnson has talked with Galloway about keeping all of them inside the state’s borders. The headman is also getting some help from one of Galloway’s former teammates in 2009 signee Eddie Ludwig.
“It would be a special thing to have all my close teammates with me to play ball in college,” said Galloway, who has grown up playing AAU ball with Brian Williams, Pat Swilling, Eddie Ludwig, and Matt Derenbecker. “I talked to Eddie Ludwig a few weeks ago. He was playing around telling me now that he committed that I have to commit.”
Aside from all the attention he is getting from the LSU staff, Galloway says there is plenty more that interests him about the hometown Tigers.
“I just like how the atmosphere is real big there,” he said. “They are upgrading their facilities and they have some great things going on for the school.”
The atmosphere and facility upgrades are a big plus for the Tigers because those are just a few of the factors that will impact Galloway’s decision.
“Academics are first,” he said. “I want to make sure the school has my major (either accounting or physical education). After that, a good campus life and basketball facilities is important, then just how the campus, fans, and atmosphere is on and off the court. And I’m looking for a coach that will push me to the limit and help get me to the next level.”
Though he has no specific plans for visits lined up yet, Galloway says he does want to go around and check out some schools this basketball season.
“I want to try to go see a couple of the different schools and see what the campus is like and where the program is going,” he said. “I might try to visit LSU, Texas A&M, and Baylor soon.”