LSU's top freshmen and sophomores for 2015-16 _lowres

Associated Press file photo -- Montverde Academy's Ben Simmons dribbles down the floor against Oak Hill (Va.) Academy in the Dick's Sporting Goods High School National Basketball Tournament Final at Madison Square Garden on April 4. Simmons, the Gatorade national player of the year, begins his freshman season with LSU this fall.

Many of LSU's best athletes in 2015-16 will be freshmen and sophomores. Here's a quick primer on some young men and women who made headlines before they made it to campus:


Freshman, golfer, Shreveport

The consensus world No. 1 junior golfer leaving high school. … Ranked as the world’s No. 4 male amateur player in June. … Three-time AJGA Rolex Junior All-American and the 2014 AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year. … Won two major junior events in 2014: AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Junior PGA Championship. … Won three straight state high school golf titles. … Qualified for 2015 U.S. Amateur in August.


Sophomore, running back, New Orleans

Came to LSU as the nation’s No. 1 prospect out of St. Augustine High School. … Rushed for an LSU freshman record 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. … Led the SEC in all-purpose yards with 137.4 per game. … Goes into 2015 regarded as a top Heisman Trophy candidate. … Named to preseason watch lists for the Maxwell, Walter Camp, Doak Walker and Paul Hornung awards. … Earned first-team preseason All-SEC honors.


Sophomore, pitcher, Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Coming off one of the best seasons ever by an LSU pitcher. … The 6-foot-3 right-hander was 12-0 with a 1.97 ERA in 17 starts, with 131 strikeouts in 114.0 innings. … Threw both of LSU’s complete games, including a 5-3 win over Cal State Fullerton in the College World Series, striking out 10. … Earned multiple first-team All-America honors and was named national freshman pitcher of the year by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA.


Freshman, gymnast, Cincinnati

The headliner of LSU’s stellar fall 2014 recruiting class. … Took silver in all-around in 2012 Pacific Rim Championships. … Was a strong contender to make the 2012 U.S. Olympic team before suffering an injury. … Sat out most of 2014 with an injury as well, leading her to abandon her Olympic hopes and concentrate on club and college gymnastics. ... “When she’s healthy,” LSU coach D-D Breaux said, “she’s the total package.”


Freshman, forward, Melbourne, Australia

The nation’s consensus No. 1 recruit and LSU’s most celebrated basketball prospect since Randy Livingston. … A 6-10 forward noted for his passing and ability to run the floor. … Was named Naismith National Boys Player of the Year and Gatorade National Male Basketball Player of the Year and won the Morgan Wootten Award. … Came to the U.S. three years ago and led Montverde Academy in Florida to three straight national high school championships.