Which LSU team should fans be most excited to see next season?
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Question of the Day: Monday, June 11
With the completion of the NCAA Track and Field Championships, the 2017-18 LSU sports season is officially over. That means it is time to look ahead to what looms ahead in 2018-19.
Which team should LSU fans be most excited for in the 2018-19 school year?
At this point, gymnastics should be the answer to that question in any given year. So for the sake of discussion, we will treat that as a given and look for the team with the next-highest level of expectations.
And not to cop out on the answer, but it truly depends on what you are looking for.
If you want to get excited for a team with legitimate national championship aspirations, then it’s LSU baseball that should have you most fired up.
The Tigers’ entire starting outfield is intact and loaded. Antoine Duplantis could become LSU’s all-time hits leader as a senior. Zach Watson will be determined to prove he’s worthy of a first-round draft selection. Daniel Cabrera has a chance to evolve into one of the SEC’s premier power hitters in his sophomore season.
Barring more injuries, the lack of pitching depth that bedeviled the Tigers this year won’t be an issue.
Eric Walker should rejoin the rotation after missing this season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Zack Hess is an unexpected returner. And if AJ Labas and Nick Storz are at 100 percent health, they could battle Ma’Khail Hilliard for a spot in the weekend rotation. That’s not even taking into account the possibility of a freshman signee such as Landon Marceaux or Jaden Hill winning a role in the rotation.
The team’s best infielder, Josh Smith, should be back after missing most of this season with a back injury. There’s even a possibility of shortstop Brice Turang arriving on campus despite being selected with the 21st overall pick in the MLB Draft — a player who could be LSU’s best since Alex Bregman.
Of course, some fans may take LSU baseball’s greatness for granted. They’d prefer to get in on the ground floor of something new. If that’s the case, Will Wade’s second LSU basketball team has the most to offer.
Point guard Tremont Waters’ decision to come back to school after initially declaring for the NBA draft gives the Tigers potential to make a run to the Sweet 16 or deeper. LSU brings in the No. 3 recruiting class in the country, meaning the Tigers likely will have their most top-to-bottom talent since the 2006 Final Four run.
With the bulk of that talent being freshmen, there’s no guarantee of success. That’s especially true in the SEC, which should be the strongest it has been as a league since LSU and Florida both reached the Final Four in ’06.
Perhaps all that doesn’t float your personal boat. Some fans may be more excited by the total unknown than anything else. If that’s the case, football will be the most intriguing LSU team to follow this year.
It’s been a long time since LSU went into a season with this many question marks, and it could be fun to see how they are answered. There could be more agony than ecstasy, but it will be interesting to watch a new offensive scheme that’s built around a new quarterback and new running backs.
No matter what you’re in to, there’s reason to be excited about something at LSU in the upcoming year. Now we just need it to get here.
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