BATON ROUGE, La. — It might feel underwhelming to get invested in LSU basketball recruiting less than a year after the Ben Simmons saga came to an end. But what this year’s anticipated signing class might lack in Simmons’ star power, it makes up for in creating depth for Johnny Jones and his squad.
Wednesday marks the beginning of college basketball’s early signing period, in which recruits can sign their paperwork and make it official where they will be playing the following year. One day before the early signing period opens, LSU has two players — both from Louisiana — committed, but neither has said whether they will sign Wednesday or wait a little longer.
Either way, here’s a breakdown of what you need to know about the future of the LSU basketball program:
Galen Alexander, 4-star SF, Breaux Bridge, La.
Alexander is the No. 2 player in Louisiana and the No. 17 small forward in the nation according to the 247 Sports rankings. He’s measured at 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, with a similar body type to current LSU freshman Wayde Sims (6-foot-6, 222 pounds).
Judging by his tape, Alexander is a gifted defender who hustles and uses his hands well but also looks comfortable pulling up and shooting from mid-to-long distances. As with all high school players, the biggest challenge for Alexander will be adjusting to the speed and size he sees in the college game, as a lot of the hustle and speed plays he can make in high school won’t be there in college. Same goes for the bruising way he plays in the paint and the open lanes for alley-oops.
Alexander has not indicated whether he will be signing early or waiting until later in the process. The small forward has other offers from basketball powerhouses such as Arizona, Baylor, Memphis and Oklahoma State, as well as SEC foes such as Alabama, Arkansas and Vanderbilt.
Brandon Rachal, 4-star guard, Natchitoches, La.
Classified by 247 Sports as a “combo guard” capable of playing point or shooting guard, Rachal ranks as the No. 6 player at his position nationally and the No. 3 prospect in Louisiana, trailing only Alexander and Western Kentucky commit Josh Anderson.
Rachal told NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune that he plans on signing his paperwork this month so he can “focus on trying to bring another state championship to Natchitoches Central.”
Rachal’s other offers include schools such as Virginia, Miami and Texas, as well as SEC competitors Texas A&M, Auburn and Vanderbilt. In all, Rachal has 20 offers, but has only visited LSU and Texas A&M.
The guard committed to LSU on Oct. 12.
As of today, LSU has the No. 45-ranked recruiting class in the nation according to 247 Sports and the No. 7 class in the SEC.