I agree with all of that. We also have very little depth at the guard spot, so that's gotta be enticing for him as well.
I think LSU is in a really good spot, or much better than previously thought. Lot of positives and good factors.
Obviously Simmons is the biggest, but as I mentioned in the OP, LSU and CJJ run the best system for Blakeney's skill set and style of play. FSU would not be a good fit. Hamilton is one of the best and most respected in college basketball and some have even compared him to a younger Bo Ryan, very high praise for those that actually know and understand basketball. But FSU would not be a good fit.
Blakeney would be able to fit into any system and every coach would love to have him. I think UK for some guys is not that appealing if you are a guy that wants to be a guaranteed starter Year one, and wants a lot of spotlight and minutes. Would he get a considerable amount of PT there, of course, would he even start, no one could know not even Coach Cal.
Louisville is our biggest competition and everyone else's IMO. Proximity in college basketball is quickly becoming one of the least important factors. Guys have played all over the country for years, and with basketball obviously weather and something like field conditions or stadium size have little effect.
Really hoping we can get him, would be a guaranteed Top-10 class and with say Dickerson and Sampson, Top-3 guaranteed maybe #1 overall.