Recruiting: Five-star guard Marvel Allen commits to LSU basketball for 2023

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LSU’s basketball success is paying dividends yet again in regard to recruiting.

An impressive first commitment for the Class of 2023 came Friday with the pledge of combo guard Marvel Allen.

The five-star talent from Calvary Christian H.S. in West Palm Beach, Fla. is rated the third best at his position in the nation and among the top 15 overall players in his class. Allen fielded offers from Kansas, Memphis, Maryland, Georgia, Ole Miss, Alabama, Arizona State, Ohio State and Clemson.

The 6-foot-4, 190 pounder has drawn comparisons to former LSU guard Cam Thomas. Allen was impressed with the attention that he received from the LSU staff during his recruitment. Head coach Will Wade and assistant Kevin Nickleberry both flew to see a couple of his games. No other staff recruiting him offered that much support. Both also kept in consistent contact with Allen’s parents.

The LSU recruiting efforts also seem to gaining momentum for other targets in the 2023 recruiting class.

Shooting guard Chris Johnson (6-5, 180) from Missouri City, Texas has narrowed his final two down to LSU and Kansas.

Dennis Parker (6-6, 175), a wing from Richmond, Va., likes LSU, North Carolina State and Texas A&M as his current top three.

Combo guard DeShawn Harris (6-4, 180) from Fairfax, Va. is another four-star prospect who has LSU on his radar along with Penn State, Villanova, St. John’s, Rutgers and VCU.

Johnathan Lamothe (6-4, 180), a four-star guard from Baltimore, appears to currently favor Maryland but LSU gained a visit on Oct. 1. A wide range of schools including Austin Peay, Penn State, Ohio State, Illinois, VCU, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Seton Hall are all making their pitch.

As for post players, LSU is recruiting five-star center Aaron Bradshaw (7-0, 210) from Roselle, New Jersey. He visited Baton Rouge on November 6, one of only two visits he has made thus far (Oklahoma State, Nov. 12). DePaul and Kansas State are also in the picture.

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Rene Nadeau


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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