Louisiana State Rumors & News

  • 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

  • LSU extends Johnny Jones' contract, grants him a $400,000 per year raise

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Two years into his dream job, LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones has gotten the program headed in the right direction. The LSU Board of Supervisors made sure he will have a chance to keep pushing things forward on Friday. In a regularly monthly meeting, the BOS approved a two-year extension..." October 28

  • LSU basketball scores commitment from Peabody 2017 guard Cedric Russell

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "LSU fans may be disappointed in the result of Saturday night's football game against Mississippi State but the basketball team landed a commitment following the game in Peabody sophomore Cedric Russell." September 23

  • No. 1 overall HS hooper Ben Simmons says he's 100 percent going to LSU

    USA Today "Ben Simmons is well aware that it’s not proper etiquette to answer a question with a question, but this particular question prompted an immediate “eye-squint/c’mon” reaction. After he graduates from Montverde (Montverde, Fla.); is Simmons going to opt for a year overseas rather than heading to..." September 18

  • The Ray Kasongo saga takes another turn on Wednesday

    College Basketball Talk "Ray Kasongo was an Oregon commit up until July 30, when it was reported that he had been denied admission to the university despite having qualified. Several weeks later, and the 2014 power forward is still without a school. He initially keyed in on three programs — Cal, Kansas and Memphis —..." August 20

  • Former Oregon commit Ray Kasongo down to Indiana and LSU

    College Basketball Talk "It’s been an eventful two weeks for 2014 power forward Ray Kasongo. It began on July 30 when he was not admitted to the University of Oregon. As his recruitment reopened he keyed in on three programs. A week later and none of those teams remain in the picture. However, according to a report on..." August 12

  • Matt Derenbecker, former LSU, UNO basketball player, found dead in Ponchatoula

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Matt Derenbecker, who played college basketball at UNO, Dayton and LSU and was a high school star at Country Day, was found dead Sunday in Ponchatoula at a friend's house where he was house sitting, his father, John Derenbecker, said. He was 22. John Derenbecker said Matt did not show up at..." August 11

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Former LSU reserve Shane Hammink lands at Valparaiso

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The last of three LSU basketball players who left the program shortly after the school year ended has found a landing spot. Rising junior Shane Hammink will play for Valparaiso, a small Division I school in the Horizon League. The Crusaders are coached by Bryce Drew, who gained fame when he..." August 05

  • Ben Simmons is LSU's best basketball recruit since Shaq

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Rivals' No. 1-ranked player in the 2015 class, LSU commit Ben Simmons continues to draw rave reviews. But the latest might just be the best yet. The Sporting News suggested that Simmons is LSU's most prestigious basketball recruit since Shaquille O'Neal 25 years ago. Simmons isn't a center..." July 22

  • New LSU big man Elbert Robinson looks to reshape his body and elevate his potential

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Numbers are woven into sports at every turn. So it's no surprise that LSU freshman Elbert Robinson is a tad hung up on one number in particular. The big Texan arrived on campus earlier this summer as one of the biggest Tigers' recruit in recent memory, and that's in a literal definition, not..." July 13

  • Report: Providence transfer Josh Fortune visits LSU; Colorado, Minnesota in the mix

    College Basketball Talk "The initial reports suggested Josh Fortune transferred out of Providence to be closer to his home in Hampton, Virginia. Based on his recent travel schedule, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Since announcing his departure from Providence, Fortune has heard from plenty of schools, and has..." June 24

  • Cajuns Hoops Officially Adds OSU Transfer Brian Williams

    KATC.com "Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball coach Bob Marlin announced on Wednesday that Baton Rouge native Brian Williams has transferred to play for the Ragin' Cajuns after spending the past three seasons at Big 12 Conference member Oklahoma State. Williams, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound forward, will..." June 19

  • LSU men's basketball hires former NBA head coach Eric Musselman

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "LSU men's basketball Head Coach Johnny Jones announced on Tuesday that former NBA head coach and recent college assistant Eric Musselman will join the Tiger coaching staff as associate coach. The hiring is subject to the standard background check by the athletics department and approval by the LSU..." June 17

  • Former LSU guard Anthony Hickey is eligible to play at Oklahoma State

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former LSU point guard Anthony Hickey will be immediately eligible to play for Oklahoma State for the 2014-15 season, according to the school. LSU coach Johnny Jones confirmed last week that LSU signed off to make that possible. The former LSU point guard was told last month that he would not..." June 16

  • Report: LSU transfer Anthony Hickey likely heading to Oklahoma State

    CBS Sports "Led by its deep and talented perimeter group, Oklahoma State went to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. However, with the early departure of Marcus Smart, the graduation of Markel Brown and the dismissal of Stevie Clark, coach Travis Ford needs reinforcements. And Ford might have found what he..." June 12

  • LSU basketball eyes Houston transfer Danuel House

    The Advocate "The LSU men’s basketball team’s search to fill two roster spots zeroed in on an early target in Houston transfer Danuel House. The Cougars swingman, a former five-star recruit, is one of the few quality options left in a quickly shrinking pool of players trying to find new schools. A source..." May 24

  • Guard Anthony Hickey among three players no longer with LSU program

    CBS Sports "Anthony Hickey, Malik Morgan and Shane Hammink are no longer LSU basketball players. "These three players will not be a part of the LSU program next season," said LSU coach Johnny Jones. "We thank them for the contributions they made to the LSU basketball team and certainly wish them well in..." May 13

  • LSU's Jordan Mickey announces he'll be back for sophomore season

    CBS Sports "One of the best forwards in the SEC will stay in the league next season. In truth, Jordan Mickey looked to be one of the 10 best freshmen in the country for most of last season. Because of that, some wondered if he'd take the one-and-done route in college. But on Wednesday Mickey, who earned..." April 23

  • Report: LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant III entering NBA draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "Johnny O’Bryant III entered LSU as a McDonald’s All-American and Parade magazine All-American. He’s improved each season in Baton Rouge. But he’s still not a sure-fire draft pick. College seniors are often seen as flawed because they never were good enough to leave early. O’Bryant, who just..." April 01

  • Grant Hill, Shaquille O'Neal headline 2014 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Grant Hill and Shaquille O'Neal had long, successful NBA careers, but before making their impact as pros they terrorized their opponents as college stars at Duke And LSU, respectively. Now they're being recognized for their collegiate greatness. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame..." March 25

  • Louisiana State 71, San Francisco 63

    ProSportsDaily "Freshman forward Jarell Martin scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the visiting Tigers in the first round of the NIT. Shavon Coleman and Johnny O'Bryant III each added 13 points and six rebounds for LSU (20-13). The Tigers will play next at Southern Methodist, a 68-54 winner over..." March 20

  • Kentucky 85, Louisiana State 67

    ProSportsDaily "James Young recorded 21 points, six rebounds and four assists as the Wildcats pulled away from the Tigers in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament in Atlanta. Julius Randle added 17 points and a game-high 16 rebounds while Aaron Harrison scored 14 points for Kentucky (23-9), which will meet..." March 15

  • Louisiana State 68, Alabama 56

    ProSportsDaily "Shavon Coleman recorded 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists as the Tigers downed the Crimson Tide in the second round of the SEC tournament in Atlanta. Tim Quarterman chipped in with a career-high 12 points while Johnny O'Bryant III added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists for LSU..." March 14

  • LSU is equipped with a renewed sense of urgency against Alabama

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "There are game plans to master, along with trends and tendencies to get familiar with as LSU and Alabama get ready to meet at the SEC Tournament. There's something else that looms a little more important for both teams, though, at different levels. The 7th-seeded Tigers (18-12) and 10 seed..." March 13

  • Georgia 69, Louisiana State 61

    ProSportsDaily "Charles Mann scored 22 points and Kenny Gaines added 20 as the visiting Bulldogs clinched the No. 3 seed in next week’s SEC tournament by completing a season sweep of the Tigers. Mann collected 10 rebounds and shot 12-of-14 from the foul line for Georgia (18-12, 12-6 SEC), which shot 47.9..." March 09

  • Louisiana State 57, Vanderbilt 51

    ProSportsDaily "Johnny O'Bryant III tallied 25 points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Tigers were able to shake off an ugly first half and snap their seven-game road losing streak. Andre Stringer scored 11 points off the bench, going 8-of-8 at the foul line, as LSU (18-11, 9-8 SEC) survived despite shooting..." March 07

  • Florida 79, Louisiana State 61

    ProSportsDaily "Dorian Finney-Smith finished with 16 points and Casey Prather scored 12 of his 14 in the second half as the host Gators pulled away for their 21st consecutive win. Prather, who was 4-for-15 from the floor in his previous two games, went 6-of-7 in this one to spur a 57.4-percent showing for..." March 02