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SwatMitchell
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Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
This is based purely upon high school accolades/rankings and hype leading up to their first college game action --> i.e. LSU and/or NBA career irrelevant. With Naz Reid committed, I'll give it a try:

1) Ben Simmons
2) Pete Maravich
3) Randy Livingston
4) Tito Horford
5) Durand "Rudy" Macklin
6) Stanley Roberts
7) Shaquille O'Neal
8) John Williams
9) Lester Earl
10) Naz Reid

HM: Chris Jackson, Stromile Swift, Jerry Reynolds

-Not sure where Bob Petit fits in here - also wasn't around for Maravich recruiting but my understanding is that he was the #1 recruit that year and we hired his dad as head coach...


specchaser
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
pretty good list but not sure Reid belongs ahead of Stromile and Chris Jackson. I was too young to follow recruiting when Reynolds was in HS.

some more recent honorable mentions.....Big Baby, Brandon Bass, Martin. Mo Williamson was a big get the Shaq year. Ronnie Henderson was a big time recruit somewhat overshadowed by Livingston.


Not Cooper
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
Bass, Big Baby, and Jarell Martin all got more hype than Naz Reid.


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LSUFanMizeWay
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
Chris Jackson, definitely was a very hyped recruit out of Gulfport.


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Alt26
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
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pretty good list but not sure Reid belongs ahead of Stromile and Chris Jackson. I was too young to follow recruiting when Reynolds was in HS.


Agreed. Stromile was a HUGE recruit for Brady and Jackson was a McD's All American (along with Stanley Roberts) in 1988. If Roberts is on the list, Jackson should be as well


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tdiez1995
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
SwatMitchell ? Tasmin is that you ? Leaving your name off the list on purpose ? Lol


LSUFanMizeWay
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
Swat Mitchell was Leonard's nickname


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mdwilkins
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
I believe John Williams should be 3 or 4.
Pete is from a different era. Too hard to compare anything before the internet. Kinda applies to early Dale Brown recruits as well.
Randy Livingston should be 1. Two time high school player of the year. Tied with Kidd the first year.



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Tomherman
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
Arvydas Sabonis

Also known as the best Lithuanian basketball player in the history of Lithuanian basketball players, Sabonis was a Cold War import who wound up at LSU after head coach Dale Brownpetitioned Mikhail Gorbachev to “create a youth basket­ball camp exchange between Baton Rouge and Moscow, as well as to take his LSU team on an exhibition tour of the Soviet Union. In return, the U.S.S.R. would loan LSU the services, for one season, of 21-year-old Arvydas Sabonis, a 7’3? center from Lithuania who was considered the greatest amateur basketball player in the world.” Needless to say, the plan worked, Sabonis eventually made it to the NBA, and his rookie season with the Portland Trail Blazers showed him making a massive impact in just 24 minutes per contest.


Just want to add

frick YOU NCAA.


GeauxTigerTM
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
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SwatMitchell ? Tasmin is that you ? Leaving your name off the list on purpose ?


No...

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Ryan3232
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
Anthony Randolph was another 5 star


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Pepe Lepew
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
1&2 are backwards

And no Hi-C no care .....


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Polycarp
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
Unless you move Pete to #1 your list is invalid.


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tigger1
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
All the top 10 were in the the top 10 the year they came out of high school.
1. Pete Maravich
2. Shaquille O'Neal
3. Ben Simmons
4. Randy Livingston
5. Chris Jackson
6. John Williams
7. Tom Curry
8. Fess Irvin
9. Stanley Roberts
10. Tito Horford

Edited to move John Williams up, he finished number 2 in the nation to Danny Manning his sr. year.

Once you get to here your looking at top 11-30
11. Durand Macklin
12. Lester Earl

Jerry Reynolds was ranked around 47-49 coming out of High school.

This post was edited on 9/14 at 5:41 pm


tigahlovah
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
who is tom curry?


tigger1
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
Tom Curry came out of the Redemptorist High School factory

He was ranked number 6 nation wide, played PF-C

Super star in HS


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ToppDogg85
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
Don't have any knowledge of Tom Curry but outside him your list looks pretty good.
This post was edited on 9/15 at 10:05 am


ToppDogg85
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
Don't know whether or not Leonard Mitchell record still stand of 18 rebounds in a half
This post was edited on 9/15 at 10:00 am


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Bjorn Cyborg
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
Fun topic, but impossible to justify.


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BigSlick
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re: Top Ten All-Time LSU Basketball Recruits
Based on a quick Google search, Sabonis never played for LSU. Brown did try to recruit him, though.


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