CBS Sports, Sporting News ranks LSU in its ‘ridiculously’ early preseason top 25 basketball polls _lowres

Photo provided by Montverde Academy -- Ben Simmons

Two national media sources have LSU positioned at No. 24 in early preseason basketball polls posted by CBS Sports and the Sporting News outlets.

LSU is losing two of its best players Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey, both declaring for the NBA draft.

The Tigers finished its 2014-15 campaign with a 22-11 record, earning an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 2009.

Notable newcomers expected to join the team next year will be Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney.

See LSU’s position along with the other power basketball teams’ rankings for next season at CBS Sports and the Sporting News.