The LSU Tiger Faithful
Stay tuned for a successful campaign
There’s just something about college basketball. The thump of the ball against the hardwood; the squeak of the shoes as the players constantly change direction; plays called from the sidelines all add up to entertainment like none other.
What makes college basketball so unique is that any team can compete on a national level regardless of the school size. But some of the best college basketball around comes from Baton Rouge in a little place locals call “the Pee Mac.”
The season is still fresh in December, and January brings SEC play as the road to March Madness starts its uphill climb. The LSU men’s basketball team looks to make some serious noise in the 2015-16 season with just two little words: “He’s here.”
The “he” of course comes from Down Under. Ben Simmons is the consensus number one ranked high school recruit in America and hails from Australia. He is also the number one draft pick on every mock NBA draft held to date.
The 6 foot 9 inch (or 10 inch depending on whose stats you choose to believe) freshman has the numbers to back up the hype too. Leading perennially dominant Montverde Prep to a 31-1 season all the while breaking records like Rhonda Rousey breaks noses.
Simmons won’t be alone. The “Killer B’s” Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson will fill the void left by Jordon Mickey and Jarell Martin who left for the NBA as sophomores. Strength in the paint will come from 6 foot 10 inch, 235 pound Craig Victor. The Arizona transfer and New Orleans native will be eligible for LSU court time in December.
With such a young team however, leadership will be crucial. For that Jones will turn to the likes of Keith Hornsby, Tim Quarterman, Josh Gray and Jalyn Patterson. All of them have court time and seasoning, which will be key to a successful campaign.
A better NCAA tournament showing is expected from this 2016 Johnny Jones led Tiger team who took an early exit from the last year’s Madness. And the Tiger faithful are itching for a reason to rock the Pee Mac. Stay tuned.