With one elite prospect from the Class of 2015 already in the fold, the LSU men’s basketball program hopes to pick up a commitment from another one Friday.
Antonio Blakeney, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Florida, is expected to choose between LSU, Kentucky and Missouri at 3:30 p.m. Friday during a high school game on ESPNU.
Blakeney, the second-ranked shooting guard on the ESPN 100 list and the 14th overall prospect, took official visits to all three schools last fall. He committed to Louisville in early September and decommitted 11 days later.
But he chose not to sign during the early one-week signing period in November, waiting until the spring to make his college choice known. He also reportedly considered North Carolina and North Carolina State before trimming his finalists to LSU, Kentucky and Missouri.
Many believe Blakeney’s choice will be LSU, which signed 6-10 forward Ben Simmons during the early signing period. Simmons, the nation’s No. 1 prospect out of Montverde Academy in Clermont, Florida, and Blakeney are close friends after playing on the same AAU team last summer.
However, Blakeney is also a friend of top-rated point guard Isaiah Briscoe of Roselle, New Jersey. Briscoe signed with Kentucky in November.
Blakeney is a native of Sarasota, Florida, who moved to Orlando after scoring 25 points per game as a sophomore at Cardinal Mooney High School.
He is averaging more than 30 points a game this season after pouring in 65 points in his season opener in an 85-84 win over Liberty Christian Prep of Tavares, Florida.
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