What’s expected to be a busy early signing period for the LSU men’s basketball team started a bit slowly Wednesday.
While at least five players previously announced their commitment to coach Johnny Jones’ program, LSU received the papers from just one student-athlete — Australian guard Kieran Hayward — on the first day players could sign.
That, however, should change pretty quickly for the Tigers.
University High forward Wayde Sims, the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year last season, signed during a ceremony at the school Wednesday afternoon. And former U-High point guard Skylar Mays, who’s playing his senior season at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, said he plans to sign Friday.
LSU also has pledges from junior-college teammates Branden Jenkins and Duop Reath of Lee College in Baytown, Texas. Jenkins is a shooting guard, and Reath is a power forward.
LSU is among four finalists along with Kansas, Kentucky and Louisville for the services of five-star point guard De’Aaron Fox of Cypress Lakes High School in Katy, Texas.
Fox, who is ranked as the second point guard and No. 7 overall prospect in this year’s class, will announce his college choice at 5 p.m. Thursday during the ESPN Recruiting Nation show on ESPNU.
Mays, a two-time all-state player for Class 3A University High, said Wednesday he’ll sign Friday after his parents arrive in Las Vegas on Thursday night for a weekend visit.
Hayward, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, is from Sydney, Australia. After playing AAU ball in the United States this summer, he visited the LSU campus last weekend and announced his commitment to the Tigers on Saturday.
LSU will likely have to restock its team after this season.
Jones will lose senior guards Keith Hornsby and Josh Gray, and freshman forward Ben Simmons will likely jump to the NBA after one season. Junior guard Tim Quarterman and freshman guard Antonio Blakeney also could make the leap to the NBA based on early draft projections.
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