While the LSU men’s basketball team doesn’t have a big game to play like the No. 13 football team’s matchup with No. 18 Auburn on Saturday, it’s a huge weekend nonetheless for Johnny Jones’ program.
With the start of the early signing period less than two months away, LSU is getting official visits this weekend from three high-profile prospects from the Class of 2016.
The list includes five-star point guard De’Aaron Fox, a 6-foot-4, 170-pounder who just started his senior year at Cypress Lakes in Katy, Texas.
Fox is rated the top player in the nation at that position by Scout.com and 247 Sports and is the No. 2 point guard according to ESPN.com. He’s ranked third overall by 247 Sports and fourth by Scout and is seventh on the ESPN 100 list.
Fox averaged 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a junior as Cypress Lakes went 26-9. He averaged 22.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in helping his team to a 29-6 mark as a sophomore.
Also arriving on campus Friday afternoon for three-day official visits were power forward Duop Reath, an Australian who plays for Lee College in Baytown, Texas; and center Abdul Ado of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
LSU has lots of competition for Fox, who trimmed his list of schools to Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, N.C. State and North Carolina last month, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. Fox, a New Orleans native, made LSU the first of four official visits after getting a recent in-home visit from Jones. He’s scheduled to go to Louisville next weekend, Kansas on Oct. 10 and Kentucky on Oct. 17 and still have one of his five allowable visits remaining.
Reath, a 6-9, 175-pounder, is regarded as one of the top power forwards in the junior-college ranks after just one season of American basketball. A native of Sudan who grew up in Australia, he averaged 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds last season.
Ado, a 6-11, 235-pound center who plays at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, is rated a three- or four-star prospect by the various recruiting websites. He is given four stars by 247 Sports and ESPN and three by Scout.
Ado is ranked the ninth-best center by ESPN and is 14th in the 247 Sports rankings. Overall, he’s 68th on the ESPN 100 list of all prospects regardless of position, while 247 Sports has him at No. 101.
LSU reportedly has made offers to McDonogh 35 teammates DeJon Jarreau, a four-star combo guard, and Brison Gresham, a three-star power forward.
Jones already has nonbinding commitments from former University High guard Skylar Mays, who is playing his senior season in Las Vegas, and U-High forward Wayde Sims.
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