Another member of the LSU men’s basketball team that reached the second round of the NCAA tournament this past season has left the program.
Forward Josh LeBlanc, a former Madison Prep star, entered the transfer portal Tuesday after playing in just 25 games for his hometown team following his transfer from Georgetown.
Additionally, guard Seneca Knight, who came to LSU from San Jose State last January and never played in a game for the Tigers, is entering the transfer portal, sources told The Advocate on Tuesday afternoon.
The 6-foot-7 LeBlanc, a four-star recruit who played one full season and part of another at Georgetown, came to LSU in the spring of 2020.
He sat out the rest of that season and the first four games of last season to become eligible.
LeBlanc averaged just 3.2 points while shooting 66.7% from the floor and added 4.4 rebounds after getting 9.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during his freshman campaign with Georgetown.
LeBlanc is the fourth player to enter the transfer portal since the end of the season.
Guard Aundre Hyatt signed with Rutgers and guard Jalen Cook signed with Tulane. Center Josh Gray also departed but has yet to join another program.
With LeBlanc’s departure, Will Wade could have just three scholarship players back from last year’s team — guard Eric Gaines and forwards Mwani Wilkinson and Shareef O’Neal.
Knight, a 6-7 shooting guard who prepped at Northside High in Lafayette, averaged 11.5 points and 4.3 rebounds while starting 51 of 66 career games for San Jose State.
His sophomore season was his best with the Spartans when he led the team in scoring (17.1) and rebounds (5.7) and was second in assists (2.4).
Thomas skipping NBA combine
In what could be an indication that he’ll be a first-round pick in the NBA draft, former LSU guard Cam Thomas withdrew from the combine that began Monday.
CBSSports.com first reported that Thomas would skip the combine, which is being held in Chicago, after he was one of 69 players to be invited last week.
Former LSU forward Trendon Watford was also invited to participate in the combine, which includes interviews with team executives, shooting drills, strength and agility work, and five-on-five games
Five-on-five games will be televised from 2-6 p.m. CDT on Thursday (ESPN2) and Friday (ESPNU).
The NBA draft is set for July 29.
Miller makes cut for U19 team
LSU guard Adam Miller has been named one of 17 finalists for the 2021 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team, announced Monday night at the team’s training camp in Fort Worth, Texas.
The cut to the top 17 players came after four practice sessions over two days at TCU that involved 26 players.
The list of finalists includes 10 players who completed their first collegiate season in 2020-21 and seven players from the high school class of 2021.
Miller played at Illinois in 2021 before transferring to LSU in April. He averaged 8.3 points last season and led all Big Ten freshmen with 52 made 3-point baskets.
The finalists will continue training twice a day in Fort Worth and the 12-member World Cup squad will be announced Monday. The FIBA U19 World Cup will be played July 3-11 in Latvia.
LSU to take on Penn State
LSU will play Penn State in the semifinals of the 2021 Emerald Coast Classic at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida, on Nov. 26.
The Tigers and Nittany Lions will meet at 6 p.m. CST with Oregon State and Wake Forest playing at 8:30 p.m.
The winners will meet for the championship the next evening at 6 p.m. with the semifinal losers squaring off at 3 p.m. that afternoon.
LSU will also host McNeese State on Nov. 18 as part of the tournament.