Louisiana State Rumors & News

  • Blakeney to Return for Sophomore Season

    247 Sports "LSU guard Antonio Blakeney, a member of the 2016 Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team, has announced on Tuesday that he will not submit his name for information on the upcoming NBA Draft and will return to play his sophomore season for the Tigers. The deadline for official paperwork to be..." April 19

  • LSU freshman guard Antonio Blakeney to test NBA Draft stock, will not hire agent

    SEC Country "SU freshman Antonio Blakeney announced on Friday that he will make a run at going pro this spring, but he could return to LSU for the 2016-17 season. Blakeney is taking advantage of a new rule that allows college players to test their status as NBA prospects without officially declaring for the..." April 01

  • LSU's Tim Quarterman to enter draft

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Tim Quarterman will enter the NBA Draft and hire an agent, Yahoo Sports reported Sunday evening. LSU coach Johnny Jones hinted that a definite possibility, if not likelihood, the junior guard would do so, joining freshman forward Ben Simmons as the team's early entrees." March 28

  • LSU retaining head coach Johnny Jones

    The Score "A disastrous season will not cost LSU head coach Johnny Jones his job. Despite failing to qualify for the NCAA tournament and becoming the brunt of many jokes nationwide, athletic director Joe Alleva told Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports on Wednesday that Jones will return to the Tigers next..." March 23

  • No. 17 Texas A&M routs LSU

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In a week filled with drama, there was none in No. 17 Texas A&M's 71-38 demolition of LSU in a Southeastern Conference tournament semifinal game at the Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. Eleven players scored for the Aggies (26-7), led by center Tonny Trocha-Morelos (13..." March 12

  • LSU 84, Tennessee 75

    The Sports Xchange "Thanks to one prized freshman, LSU survived an extended absence from another freshman to knock off 12th-seeded Tennessee 84-75 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Freshman guard Antonio Blakeney pumped in a..." March 11

  • Ben Simmons shows the NCAA why the one-and-done rule is a sham

    USA Today "Ben Simmons, the freshman forward for LSU who is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, handled his lone year of college the only way a mature, reasonable person in his situation could: by ignoring his classes. Good for you, Ben. May all top recruits follow in your path. The..." March 08

  • No. 22 Kentucky claims share of SEC title

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 22 Kentucky earned a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship on Saturday with a 94-77 win over LSU at Rupp Arena. After the final game of the regular season, Kentucky (23-8, 13-5) finishes in a tie with Texas A&M atop the league, but the Aggies..." March 05

  • LSU coach: Ben Simmons 'didn't meet requirements' for Wooden Award

    ABC News "LSU freshman Ben Simmons has not been certified by his school in order to be eligible for the Wooden Award with a source telling ESPN on Saturday that it's for academic-related reasons. "From what I was told, he didn't meet all of the requirements," Tigers coach Johnny Jones told ESPN. "He..." March 05

  • LSU 80, Missouri 71

    The Sports Xchange "Freshman forward Ben Simmons had 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to lead LSU to an 80-71 victory over visiting Missouri on Tuesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. Freshman guard Antonio Blakeney scored 18 points for LSU (18-12, 11-6 Southeastern..." March 02

  • LSU 96, Florida 91

    The Sports Xchange "Freshman guard Antonio Blakeney scored a career-high 32 points to lead LSU to a 96-91 victory over Florida on Saturday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. Freshman forward Ben Simmons had 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals for LSU (17-12, 10-6..." February 28

  • LSU's trainwreck season is dragging Ben Simmons down with it

    SB Nation "If the last week is any indication, LSU is just as tired as the rest of us. Tired of the excess attention being heaped upon their star freshman, and the resulting excess attention that has been heaped upon that coverage. Tired of the debating and the joking about Johnny Jones' coaching ability...." February 25

  • Arkansas 85, LSU 65

    The Sports Xchange "Junior forward Moses Kingsley scored 21 points and junior guard Dusty Hannahs added 17 and Arkansas withstood the 19th double-double of the season from LSU standout freshman guard Ben Simmons to beat the Tigers 85-65 Tuesday night at Bud Walton Arena. Simmons had 23 points, 12 rebounds and..." February 23

  • Shaq offers Ben Simmons financial advice before turning pro

    The Score "It seems everyone has a take on LSU's Ben Simmons these days, but perhaps the most logical one came from a former Tiger legend himself. Aside from being an NBA icon, Shaquille O'Neal lists rapper, actor, television personality, and reserve police officer on his resume. He's now trying his hand..." February 23

  • LSU's Keith Hornsby may be out for season

    Shreveport Times "LSU senior guard Keith Hornsby, who is second on the team in scoring with 13.1 points a game, could miss the rest of the season after aggravating a sports hernia injury in the loss at Tennessee on Saturday. ESPN reported Monday morning that Hornsby was out for the season. LSU coach Johnny Jones..." February 22

  • LSU's Ben Simmons doesn't start vs. Tennessee due to 'academic matter'

    The Score "When Ben Simmons wasn't mentioned in Saturday's starting five, it was widely thought that it was because of a lingering finger injury. As it turns out, the LSU star was held out because of an academic matter. ESPN reported on the broadcast that head coach Johnny Jones benched Simmons to make a..." February 21

  • Tennessee 81, LSU 65

    The Sports Xchange "Senior forward Armani Moore had 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to help shorthanded Tennessee upset visiting LSU 81-65 on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. Junior guard Robert Hubbs III had 19 points and seven rebounds for Tennessee (13-14, 6-8 Southeastern..." February 20

  • Coach says LSU's Ben Simmons playing with finger injury

    ESPN "LSU forward Ben Simmons is playing with a finger injury on his shooting hand, coach Johnny Jones said Thursday. "It happened a couple of games ago," Jones said during his press availability. He later said he didn't know if the injury happened late against South Carolina a week ago or against..." February 19

  • Alabama 76, LSU 69

    The Sports Xchange "Senior guard Retin Obasohan scored a career-best 35 points and Alabama won its fifth consecutive game by posting a 76-69 victory over LSU on Wednesday in Southeastern Conference play at Baton Rouge, La. Sophomore forward Riley Norris collected a career-high 16 rebounds as the Crimson Tide..." February 18

  • LSU steals away with victory over A&M

    The Sports Xchange "Keith Hornsby sported the scrapes and bruises on his upper right back to display a job done well. The LSU senior guard posted a season-best five steals in Saturday's 76-71 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M, but it was his theft in the final minutes that left everybody gawking. Hornsby..." February 13

  • There's a top 10 team in the SEC, but it's not UK or UF

    NCAA "Any given ... Tuesday? 2016 seems to be a time of unparalleled parity in college basketball. Five different teams have lost while boasting a No. 1 ranking, Duke is unranked for the first time in almost nine years and last year’s Final Four teams -- Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan State and the..." February 05

  • Shaquille O’Neal jokes about being paid while playing for LSU

    New York Daily News "Did Shaquille O’Neal make a joke that could trigger an NCAA investigation? The Big Aristotle is well-known to always be in a joking mood - and cracked a good one about his time at LSU on Monday, according to a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Lakers writer Mike Bresnahan tweeted: “Shaq on..." January 26

  • Ben Simmons' best NBA role might be a super Draymond Green

    CBS Sports "LSU Freshman Ben Simmons has electrified the country and NBA scouts alike with his stellar play, and he's widely considered the No. 1 prospect for next June's NBA draft. His most frequent comparison is to LeBron James, based on his hyper-athleticism, versatile skillset, passing skills (5.2..." January 10

  • Magic Johnson compares Ben Simmons to LeBron James

    Larry Brown Sports "Is college basketball sensation Ben Simmons the next LeBron James? Magic Johnson thinks so. The former Lakers legend sent a few tweets on Tuesday lauding the LSU forward. Johnson is known for his hyperbole, but this still carries some weight." January 06

  • Ben Simmons Isn't Going to the NCAA Tournament (Barring a Miracle), and That's Really Bad for College Basketball

    The Big Lead "Ben Simmons and LSU lost again Sunday night, this time to Houston 105-98. The defeat dropped the Tigers to 4-4 and if you want to project ahead for the remainder of the season, the Tigers will need a miracle to reach the NCAA Tournament. We all need to be prepared for March Madness without..." December 14

  • If Ben Simmons is so good, why is LSU so bad?

    SB Nation "Ben Simmons is very clearly the best freshman in college basketball. He's averaging 20 points per game, leading the nation in rebounding and putting up the sixth-highest player efficiency rating in the country. His 43 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three blocks against North..." December 11

  • LeBron James calls LSU's Ben Simmons an 'unbelievable talent'

    ABC News "Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has heard LSU freshman Ben Simmons being called "the next LeBron." Even though James recently called for basketball greats to stop being judged against one another, he says he is OK with the comparison being made between him and Simmons. "I don't mind..." December 05

  • Evaluating budding star Ben Simmons through first five collegiate games

    SI "Games scouted LSU’s 81–80 loss to Marquette (Nov. 23) and 83–72 overtime loss to NC State (Nov. 24) What Ben Simmons did vs. Marquette (40 minutes): 21 points, 20 rebounds, 7 assists vs. NC State (40 minutes): 4 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks, one kiss blown to a..." November 25

  • Ben Simmons Becomes 4th Freshman Ever Named to AP First Team

    Black Sports Online "Benjamin “Ben” Simmons. Get familiar with that name because you’ll be hearing it for years to come. However, for now everyone is curious to see if the Australian sensation is worth all the hype. With the college basketball season starting this weekend, the Associated Press released their..." November 10

  • LSU's busy basketball recruiting week continues as Australian Kieran Hayward commits

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Australia continues to be very kind to LSU athletics. Already a rich recruiting territory for basketball talent and football punters, a native of the Land Down Under added another connection to the Tigers on Saturday when Kieran Hayward committed to the LSU basketball program. A 6-foot-5..." November 09

  • LSU basketball program lands Lee College teammates Duop Reath and Branden Jenkins

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "LSU's 2016 basketball recruiting class doubled in size Wednesday, with two more teammates committing to the Tigers. Lee College teammates Duop Reath and Branden Jenkins both pledged to LSU after visiting campus last month. Both are considered top-20 junior-college recruits in this year's..." November 05

  • Report: NCAA clears LSU freshman Antonio Blakeney

    SI "LSU freshman Antonio Blakeney has been cleared by the NCAA after being investigated for a workout video with a trainer, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Blakeney originally committed to Louisville in September but renounced his pledge less than two weeks later. The five-star..." November 04

  • LSU coach: Antonio Blakeney unlikely to miss games over Louisville scandal

    ESPN "LSU coach Johnny Jones said he does not foresee guard Antonio Blakeney missing any games for his alleged involvement with prostitutes tied to the Louisville scandal. Jones, in town for SEC Media Day, confirmed that Blakeney has met with NCAA investigators but said that he does not expect..." October 22

  • LSU prized freshman Ben Simmons: 'It's Leonard Fournette's school'

    Macon Telegraph "LSU freshman Ben Simmons wants to leave a legacy when his time with the Tigers comes to an end. With how highly-regarded Simmons is, that could come after just one season in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU hasn’t brought in the No. 1 recruit in the nation since former Gatorade National Player of..." October 21

  • Report: LSU to host NBA-style combine this fall

    College Basketball Talk "Love him or hate him, it’s impossible to ignore the impact that John Calipari has had on the sport of basketball since his arrival in Kentucky. The latest example? The Kentucky-only NBA combine that he held last fall. If you’ve forgotten, for two days in early October — after college..." September 22

  • LSU guard Josh Gray won’t accompany team to Australia

    The Advocate "When the LSU basketball team departs campus Tuesday afternoon for its much-anticipated exhibition tour of Australia, senior point guard Josh Gray won’t be traveling with the Tigers. LSU coach Johnny Jones announced Monday afternoon that Gray, a Lake Charles native, won’t be making the trip..." August 11

  • Skylar Mays recommits to LSU '100 percent,' heading into senior season at Findlay Prep

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Skylar Mays re-committed to LSU early Tuesday morning. The former University Lab guard, who announced just more than two months ago his plans to transfer to Nevada's Findlay Prep, had originally committed to the Tigers in February 2014 before re-opening his recruitment late that June. This..." August 11

  • Eron Gordon says he will look at LSU

    Indianapolis Star "Eron Gordon's newest scholarship offer, from LSU, might seem a bit random considering the timing – entering his senior year – and the distance from home. But there is a tie to Louisiana with Gordon's oldest brother, Eric, playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. LSU will be in to see Gordon, a 6-3..." July 09

  • LSU freshman: 'I think we'll win the national championship'

    Sporting News - NCAAB "LSU's incoming trio of top 50 prospects met the Baton Rouge media for the first time on Wednesday and left them with little doubt about the team's intentions this winter. Ben Simmons, former Louisville commit Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson have been on campus at LSU for almost a month now..." July 02

  • LSU basketball gains commitment from University Lab 2016 PF Wayde Sims

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "University Lab power forward Wayde Sims will follow in his father Wayne's footsteps and play his college ball at LSU, the 2016 prospect announced on Sunday. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Sims averaged 17.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game last season while leading the Cubs to a second..." June 29

  • LSU AD: No. 1 recruit Simmons signed off on 'aggressive' ticket campaign

    CBS Sports "Ben Simmons, who at times has been rated the nation's No. 1 basketball recruit, approved of LSU marketing him for season ticket sales, school athletic director Joe Alleva said Wednesday. “Ben and his family totally signed off on it and are excited about it and thrilled,” Alleva said from the..." May 27

  • LSU’s ’25 is coming’ campaign doesn’t try to hide that they’re monetizing Ben Simmons

    College Basketball Talk "LSU has wasted no time in trying to capitalize on the talent of incoming recruit Ben Simmons, a consensus top two prospect in the Class of 2015. This passage comes from a release that LSU sent out on Thursday morning: The LSU Athletics Department announced Wednesday the beginning of its..." May 21

  • LSU lands top 50 Class of 2015 guard Brandon Sampson

    College Basketball Talk "LSU let Brandon Sampson out of their back yard, but they weren’t going to let it happen twice. Sampson, who hails from Baton Rouge, pledged to the Tigers on Monday morning. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard, who is ranked No. 41 in the country, according to Rivals, was originally committed to St...." April 20

  • LSU sophomore Jordan Mickey says he'll enter NBA draft

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Two years was long enough for Jordan Mickey to make a memorabble splash for the LSU basketball program. It was also long enough, he decided, to prepare for pro basketball. The 6-foot-9 sophomore forward announced Tuesday that he will forego his final two seasons with the Tigers and enter his..." March 31

  • LSU commit Ben Simmons named Gatorade Boys Basketball National Player of the Year

    College Basketball Talk "As the No. 1 player in the Class of 2015, Australia native Ben Simmons has traveled around the world and met plenty of important basketball figures. Being a student of the game, the LSU commit was very surprised on Tuesday when he was pulled out of class at Montverde Academy and former NBA..." March 25

  • LSU sophomore Jarell Martin will enter the 2015 NBA Draft, two sources say

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "One domino has fallen for LSU. And it was not unexpected. Two independent sources close to the Tigers' basketball program said Tuesday that sophomore Jarell Martin has decided to submit his name for the 2015 NBA Draft and forfeit the final two years of college eligibility. One source said..." March 25

  • Craig Victor transferring to LSU

    ESPN "Arizona transfer Craig Victor is headed home to LSU, his AAU coach, Gregg Holmes, told ESPN.com. Oklahoma State was the other finalist for Victor, who announced his transfer from the Wildcats on Tuesday. Victor, a 6-foot-9 power forward, is a New Orleans native. He considered LSU coming out..." January 11

  • Antonio Blakeney commits to LSU over Kentucky, giving the Tigers a potentially loaded roster next season

    SB Nation "Antonio Blakeney finally tied up one of college basketball's most fascinating recruitments by committing to LSU on Friday afternoon. Blakeney, a 6'4 shooting guard, chose the Tigers over Kentucky and Missouri. Blakeney is the No. 14 player and No. 2 shooting guard in the class of 2015, according..." January 02

  • Five star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney will announce his decision Friday

    USA Today "Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) shooting guard Antonio Blakeney will announce his college decision Friday at 4:30 p.m. EST on ESPNU. He’ll decide between LSU, Missouri and Kentucky. When asked if he’s ready to make his collegiate decision, Blakeney simply said, “Yessir!” Blakeney, a five-star recruit..." December 30

  • LSU guard Josh Gray receiving ‘aggressive treatment’ for ankle injury

    The New Orleans Advocate "LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones said Monday that junior point guard Josh Gray was receiving aggressive treatment for an ankle injury he suffered in Saturday night’s 76-67 win against Sam Houston State. Jones said there were no updates on the exact nature or severity of the ankle injury, which..." December 16