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The JJ era begins with a small and relatively quick unit going up against a very young UC Santa Barbara team. there top player is their 6'7" soph center and the Tigers will find out quickly how a good big man will affect them on defense this year.
Starting lineup (projected)
1. #1 Anthony Hickey (5’11” 178 sophomore)
2. #10 Andre Stringer (5’10” 182 junior)
3. #0 Charles Carmouche (6’4” 187 senior)
4. #13 Eddie Ludwig (6’9” 209 senior)
5. #2 Johnny O’Bryant III (6’9” 256 sophomore)
Expect much substitution from this starting unit. Players to watch are freshmen: 6'4" Lefty guard Malik Morgan, 6' 2" guard Corban Collins, and 6' 6 1/2" lefty SF(and SG) Shane Hammink and JC transfer SF 6'5" Shavon Coleman. 6' 8" Junior Jalen Courtney may see action to relieve O'Bryant and Ludwig, but is nursing a foot injury.
I am particularly impressed with the recruiting enthusiasm back in this program. Johnny Jones worked pretty hard to cobble together the present freshmen class and Coleman. We lost an important big man to grades or this year would have been a class of variety and depth.
They may take some lumps against teams this year, but they will be better for it next year when a stellar list of players come and augment the primary nucleus of the above roster. There is no Trent Johnson philosophy of four years to turnaround a BB program. I predict this team will be more than competitive next year.
I envy you guys in BR and area, that can get in there and watch them this year. You would be wise to buy season tickets and watch this program come storming back over the next 2-3 years!!!
This post was edited by hartjb 17 months ago
Regards to All,
I'm looking forward to seeing what they bring to the table. I agree they are likely to take some lumps this year, but I do think they're going to play hard and maybe even give some teams fits at times. Just wish we weren't going to be lacking in size so much.
FWIW, a good friend's son played both football & basketball at John Curtis, and when Malik Morgan was a freshman in HS he told me the kid was unbelievable and was really gonna be something at the next level. Definitely excited to see what he does, especially going forward from this year when we will have more size to match up better with other teams.
I live in Lafayette and cannot make the game tonight. Does anyone know if it's televised? Thanks in advance.
"You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life." - Former LSU Coach and AD Paul Dietzel
LSUsports.net says its not televised. The game Tuesday night is on CST.
Appreciate it. Sucks that I won't be able to watch the home opener...y'all get crazy in there!
Thanks for the rundown! Very excited about the future of LSU basketball!
This post was edited by Gravitiger 17 months ago
I'm not so sure about that starting lineup. JJ said earlier this week that he's not certain he'll put Hickey right back in the starting lineup after suspending him for the exhibition game.
I also expect to see Coleman in the starting lineup instead of Ludwig.
As for size, this team may lack height down low, but it does have some length and athleticism on the wing. Hopefully JJ can get them to play tough, man-to-man defense on the perimeter to deny entry passes to the post.
I agree, this lineup is very susceptible to change from what I listed. I expect up to 10 guys to play minutes if they are healthy. Coleman sat some in last exhibition, maybe just so Jones and staff could assess others.
I think we may see Collins more than maybe some expected. I like the idea of mixing up a short guard with a taller one.
And I too am interested in the type defense this team may be able to handle and play.
Yeah, two ways to defend the post. This team won't be able to belly-up with them, so they'll have to really work to keep the ball out of the post. Defensively, I wouldn't be surprised to see LSU's bigs front opponents' post players the vast majority of the time. The choice is to risk getting passed over instead of shot over. I think fronting the post would help O'Bryant stay out of foul trouble.
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