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Godfrey a no-go for this semester

Calvin Godfrey will not join the LSU basketball team this semester

Whether anticipated or not, first-year LSU coach Johnny Jones ran over his first big road bump on Monday morning.

The LSU Athletics Department has announced that men's basketball signee Calvin Godfrey will not enroll at LSU this semester, putting an end to any hope of enrollment that had been held out since the former Iowa State player signed with the Tigers in early May.

Godfrey, who most recently attended Howard College, was released from his letter of intent by LSU because he did not meet the necessary academic requirements to enroll for this semester.

When Jones signed Godfrey, the first-year headman figured he had an answer to the team's lingering post problems, able to stick Godfrey - a athletic big man at 6-foot-8 and 230-pounds - in the starting lineup alongside Johnny O'Bryant.

Instead, the Tigers will have to find more production out of forwards Eddie Ludwig and Jalen Courtney, a pair of upperclassmen who both saw minutes in Trent Johnson's system the past two seasons.

With two years of eligibility remaining, Godfrey could end up at LSU in the future, but his academic standing for the coming semester - which began on Monday - is now clear.

As a freshman at Iowa State, Godfrey averaged 20 minutes per game with 5.7 points and 5.4 rebounds. He was dismissed from the team for issues away from the court, ultimately landing at Howard College - where he teamed up with forward Shavon Coleman, who signed with the Tigers and reported to classes on Monday.

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  • Eddie Ludwig getting the start, eh..

    Over/under on SEC wins set at 5?

  • wake me up in three years when Johnny Jones is fired

  • Front court issues and no depth at all. Missing the inconsistent Malcolm White, Storm Warren, and the sometimes too soft Hamilton badly. Need to feed Courtney some steroids (j/k--sorta) and Ludwig some skills of any kind and Tigers are still about 15 fouls a game from a complete lack of a front line on the court this year. Shavon Coleman may be a good leaper, but there is only so much he can do down low. Hammink is more guard than forward and he will no doubt be asked to play small forward as players substitute and /or foul out. The tuba player better get into shape...

    A long year ahead but I wouldn't jump on Jones too fast. He came in late, rounded up talent left out there and there is a reason they were still out there. Odoh, and now Godfrey, didn't come through even though they were hoping to clear and be eligible.

    We got some youngsters in here (Morgan, Hammink, maybe Collins as well), and the JC transfer Coleman will acclimate to SEC pretty quickly.

    Let's give Jones and this staff a chance to introduce themselves to the Coaches, AAU coaches, and families of prospects like Victor and others and also have time to go after eligible big men that will see immediate openings on this team. Hopefully these players will see a place to shine and join O'Bryant as a nuclear part of the team and play next year.

    Trent Johnson conveyed a low key and almost aloof approach to this program in general and I am welcome ANYONE in BR that appears he is happy to be here, goal oriented and aggressive in his approach to recruiting and on court action. Jones is at what he feels is his home, and he has designs on turning this thing around. While we were initially hopeful this could be done in about 5 weeks after he was hired, the losses of Godfrey and Odoh, puts off a viable front line for at least this season.

    3 years is a short time but I think Jones and staff will accomplish far more with their recruited players in 3 years than TJ and his staff did with theirs in the same amount of time.

    Growing pains this year, however.

    I would like to see Jones bring back the game on the court and the enthusiasm to our fan base that Dale Brown did. It starts with recruiting and Jones and staff have this next 12-14 months (and not just a few weeks and everyone's discards) to shore it up.

    I am looking forward to seeing this staff work toward that end.

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    Regards to All, JimH

  • Coleman is listed on LSUSports official roster, so I am thinking he is good.

    The way I see it is this Tiger team will play very differently than most of our teams in the past. We will have to run and try to get defenses out of position. Courtney is a 6'8" kid who can play down low, he just hasn't needed to yet. Given the right amount of time and coaching I am confident he can make the transition to playing more of a shooting forward position to a power forward position.

    Eddie can play good defense on the less physical 4's but does struggle against big bodied guys who can out muscle him. Im hoping he hit the gym hard this offseason knowing he would be playing more as a big guy.

    We may have some trouble on the defensive side with the lack of size, but we should be able to make up for some of it with our extra quickness we should bring on the offensive side. We aren't lacking decent players, just size. Look for some of our 6'6" guys to play at 4 for extended minutes. We will try to get one on one post action with JOB down low and keep the others out of the paint. I could see a lot of cutting guards and passes into the lane to them. There are a lot of things this team can do.

    Everyone would love to have a ton of 6'10" guys, but we don't. That doesn't mean this LSU team will not be able to compete. They will use other talents to counter-act the lack of height. Just know, JOB3 will be a very solid starting 5. Obviously foul trouble is a concern, but he will be great playing against the big guys. Our problem will be the 4 and depth. I think Eddie, Courtney, and JOB will be rotating in at 4 and 5 when we stay bigger, but look for Coleman to play the 4 with a shorter, quicker allignment that could give teams that lack athleticism in the post some trouble.

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  • Last date to drop/add classes will be next Wednesday (29th). I wouldn't be surprised to see someone else added to this roster before then. Not that it will be an impact addition, but it can be a warm body who would offer more in the post than Courtney or Del Piero. This may be where David Patrick earns his first year's paycheck.

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