Ok, some of you asked, and heck, now begins the slow part of the year where we wait for the bowl game and everyone's talking recruiting stuff anyway, so why not talk more hoops recruiting?! So, for those of you who need the '06-'07 recap, the Tigers sign four frontcourt players, Anthony Randolph (5 star), and Quinton Thornton, D.J. Wright and Garrett Green (all 3 stars). All out of state and all (with the possible exception of D.J. Wright and "Q") sort of "summer lands" where Nikita and Butch saw and closed on 'em after the summer camps. This class will go down as the class of forwards, where all the guys beef up the frontline, but with very different styles of players. Anthony likes to play swing and is versatile enough to throw it down on the break or launch the three. "Q" is the more classic low post power forward, who's athletic and plays d. And, Garrett Green and D.J. Wright are taller guys who can shoot it and roam outside. Rivals wraps up SEC hoops recruiting rating the SEC with the sixth best recruiting haul as a conference, with Florida ranked #1, LSU #2, and 'Bama #3 in the "down year". Of LSU's class, Randolph ranks as the "best pro prospect", and Rivals lauds Brady for their "under the radar" picks including D.J. Wright and Garrett Green. Something tells me, this is the start of some interesting trends: (1) LSU signing more players nationally after going to the FF with hometown talent, and (2) LSU trying to get away from JUST signing guys who can muscle it down low. In order to keep up with Florida (who let's face it, is going to be the Tiger's arch SEC rival for years to come) they've got to add guys who are long, but who can move up and down the court, and who can shoot. http://lsu.rivals.com/content.asp?cid=612399. As for next year, LSU's already gotten their 3 schollie target year off to a good start by getting a verbal from 7'1" James Tyler, a developing big man (4 star) from N.C. He's your cornerstone big man for years to come and he's got some interesting up side--He's no Greg Oden, so he won't be one and done (although you never know with 7'1"), but he's going to get better as time goes on. He also would then pair well with Anthony Randolph and ... 6'9-10" 230 PF GREG MONROE, who's LA's and possibly the country's best junior. Greg Monroe lists LSU, Kansas and Duke as his frontrunners, and LSU and Kansas have offered. At this point, who knows who really leads but LSU is high obviously b/c its close and Greg would fit in nicely. He's a PF that has the ability to play a little outside and inside, slashing to the basket--great athlete and a lefty. The final schollie goes then to a few different guys high on LSU, but unfortunately things hang on Monroe (wow, is that a change... out of state guys wanting to come here?). Olu Alshaolu, a 6'6" PF from Texas, who coincidentally played AAU ball with D.J. Wright, and Ray Shipman, a 6'3" athletic, slashing shooting guard from FL. Neither of these guys have offers yet and both are 4 star guys. This becomes the year of Greg Monroe folks, but even if we don't get him, there's enough LSU recruiting momentum to have a nice little class. :geauxtige :bball: :champs: LSU IS A BASKETBALL SCHOOL. SIX NBA LOTTERY PICKS ... AND COUNTING.