Name: Andre Stringer
Height and Weight: 5’9”, 170 pounds
School: Forest Hill
City and State: Jackson, Miss.
AAU Team: Jackson Tigers
Final Four: Alabama, USC, Miami and LSU
2009 AAU Highlights:
With a shooting guard and two forwards already committed for 2010, the LSU basketball staff hoped to close the class out with a pure point guard.
On Oct. 5, the Tigers did just that.
Andre Stringer, the nation’s No. 27 ranked point guard, announced that he would join LSU as the fourth commitment to the 2010 class.
TigerSportsDigest.com caught up with Stringer’s high school coach, Robert Stewart, to talk about both the recruitment process and what type of talent the Tigers are getting.
On Stringer’s playing style…
“Height wise at 5-foot-9, he is a really small guy. He likes the three point shot, and he has a pretty great shooting range. When he takes it, he is going to make the shot. That is what people notice right away.”
On Stringer’s other skills…
“He penetrates and kicks the ball really well, but he can also take it all the way to the basket. That is something that coach Johnson really liked. He will be shooting from the free throw line a lot because he knows how to get contact.”
On why the LSU staff wanted Stringer as their point guard in the 2010 class…
“Coach Johnson and his guys really like that Andre is a general on the floor. There is his shooting and all that, but his ball handling and ability to see what the defense is trying to do is something special that sets him apart.”
Where Stinger’s game needs improvement…
“After talking with both coaches and Andre, we know that the coming months will be important for his mid-range game. That shot really needs to improve. He understands that much bigger guys will be waiting for him under the basket if he decides to drive in a conference like the SEC, so he will need to work on his mid-range game a good bit before he gets to campus.”
On what pushed Stringer to LSU…
“The visit in September, I think that helped him out a whole lot. It was really down between LSU and Alabama after that, and he selected LSU. I talked to him a little about the trip, and he said it was just the atmosphere and program that the coaches were building that did it. Whatever happened between he and the staff on that visit really pushed LSU ahead.”
On rumors that Stringer moved Alabama out of the race after the Crimson Tide accepted a commitment from point guard Trevor Releford last month…
“He and I talked about that very fact, and he had so much confidence in himself that he was telling me that Trevor should worry if [Andre] signed. Andre was of the mentality that he was still going to look at Alabama until the end, and he never seemed worried about Trevor’s commitment. That is the type of player that Andre is.”
On fellow Tiger commitment Jalen Courtney’s influence in Stringer’s decision…
“Jalen is also from Jackson, and they play on the same AAU team [Jackson Tiger] together. They are really close, and Jalen played a big part in staying in his ear. I think that really helped LSU out in the end, because they got him to campus and loved it from there on out.”
On staying close to home…
“Andre is from a very close knit family, and LSU presents them with a school that they can jump in the car and go check out at any time. When he compared LSU to a school like USC or something like that, playing in front of his mom was much more important. When he plays Ole Miss, Alabama or even Georgia, his family will be able to pick up their stuff and go. She told Andre that the final decision was up to him, but I doubt he would have made the call for LSU if his mother was not happy with the choice, also.”
On Johnson’s rebirth of the LSU program…
“That was obviously big for Andre, because he looks at the immediate future and sees a chance to have success. LSU is an NCAA tournament caliber team with the season that they had and the guys they are bringing in, and that was big.”