LSU adding talent

In the last week LSU has added to key pieces to the puzzle as they try to build their way back to the top of the SEC.

Head Coach Johnny Jones and the LSU Tigers are beginning to stock the cupboard with talent. After a down few years in Baton Rouge, in one week things are definitely beginning to look up with impressive talent coming in.

Earlier in the week LSU landed a commitment from power forward Jordan Mickey who is an athletic and talented player. Now they have added a pledge from Tim Quarterman who is one of the most versatile perimeter prospects in the South.

With a talented group of assistant coaches leading the charge, LSU is primed to really jump up in terms of talent acquisition. Mickey for a long time looked like a lean to SMU, in fact going into their in-home visit at the end most expected that the Mustangs would land the commitment of Mickey.

Now Mickey is someone who will be able to guard multiple positions down low, and provides the Tigers with an athletic presence up front. During his junior high school season Mickey was one of the most impressive players in the entire country.

Mickey always had the athletic ability and raw talent, but he started to add refined skill to the equation. Mickey despite being less than 6-foot-8 can block shots because of his long arms, is a very good rebounder, and then is capable of scoring out to the mid-range. He didn't quite have the most consistent summer, but still Mickey was one of the most impressive players in the class and should come in right away and make an impact in the LSU up-tempo offense.

Quarterman exploded over the summer while playing with the Atlanta Celtics. At 6-foot-6 he showed the ability to play every single position in the backcourt. While he is at his best on the wing, he does have the ability to handle the ball and is a solid passer.

What makes Quarterman so difficult to defend is his speed and quickness getting places on the court at his size. Quarterman is the master of creating for himself off the dribble and then using his size and athleticism to shoot over defenders. Then on the defensive end he can be a lockdown guy once he learns the concept of team defense and he puts his mind to it.

Things are still being built at LSU, and there is no doubt there is still work to do, but this 2013 class is shaping up to be a good one already as Jones and company have pulled in two athletic and versatile players who could be major building blocks to their rise in the SEC.

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