When Trent Johnson left Stanford for LSU in 2008, it sent shock waves -- not fear -- throughout the coaching fraternity. Johnson was revered for his high character, and he had success in Palo Alto with the Lopez twins, but SEC coaches knew he was an outsider, that he wouldn't be a legitimate threat to keep the top talent at home.
about 308 days ago | Jeff Goodman | NCB On The Trail
BATON ROUGE, La. -- On the court, Johnny Jones hasn't seen his first big test yet. In recruiting, however, the first-year LSU coach won big on Wednesday. LSU received national letters of intent from three ESPN 100 players: forwards Jarrell Martin and Jordan Mickey and guard Tim Quarterman.
Remember the summer when new coach Johnny Jones struggled mightily to find big men for LSU? Seems like a long time ago now. Jordan Mickey, a 6-foot-8 forward from Arlington, Texas, announced Thursday that he was the third commitment for LSU's 2013 class, all big men.
LSU landed its second basketball commitment in one day when 6-foot-11 Hill College center John Odoh chose to commit to LSU on Monday. Odoh, a native of Nigeria, originally signed with North Texas last spring, but got out of the letter of intent after head coach Johnny Jones left UNT for LSU.
about 725 days ago | Gary Laney | NCB On The Trail
BATON ROUGE -- If you are waiting for a last-minute arrival of a mystery big man for LSU's men's basketball team, don't bother. Head coach Johnny Jones said Friday in an exclusive interview with GeauxTigerNation he's counting on what will probably be an 11-man roster for the 2012-2013 season made up primarily of guards.
North Texas has changed its stance on highly-regarded junior college center John Odoh. Odoh, a Nigerian who led the nation in rebounding as a sophomore at Hill College (Texas), was released from his NCAA letter of intent by UNT head coach Tony Benford, according to a North Texas news release.
Andy Katz spoke with North Texas athletic director Rick Villarreal and reported that North Texas has not released junior center John Odoh, who signed a letter of intent with Johnny Jones' North Texas staff in the early period.
As the day progressed Wednesday, rumors that LSU would lose as much as 60 percent of its men's basketball starting lineup went from a whisper to the buzz around Baton Rouge. At day's end, it's safe to say the rumors are probably wrong .