Recruiting: LSU men’s basketball receives commitment from 2021 prospect Alex Fudge

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The success of men’s basketball recruiting at LSU continues.

The Tigers added a commitment four-star small forward Alex Fudge from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He had 24 offers to consider, but his final three included LSU, Georgia and USC.

Fudge is the 45th rated overall prospect in the nation, helping LSU jump to No. 9 in the country for the recruiting class of ’21.

LSU assistant Bill Armstrong was the lead recruiter along with Tasmin Mitchell for the Tigers. Fudge told 247 Sports that his relationship with Tigers head coach Will Wade was the primary reason for his decision and that LSU felt like home away from home.

The 6-foot-8, 175 pounder made his decision at precisely 1:24 Central time Saturday afternoon in honor of the late NBA great Kobe Bryant and his daughter GiGi, who were killed in a plane crash at 1:24 on January 26, 2020. Fudge said that he will be an early enrollee.

Fudge, a combo guard, averaged 16.1 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.3 assists per outing as a junior to lead Robert E. Lee to a 23-5 mark last season. He joins current commits center Jerrell Colbert (6-9, 210) from Germantown, Tennessee, guard Brandon Murray (6-5, 200) from Bradenton, Florida and center Bradley Ewewiro (6-8, 230) from Torrance, California in LSU’s 2021 recruiting class.

Fudge, who was hotly pursued by Buzz Williams at Texas A&M, has a 7-foot wingspan. He can take defenders off the dribble with a very fluid style. Fudge handles the ball with ease, attacks and slashes to the lane. Some feel like he could grow to near 7-feet tall.

Fudge’s father played football and ran track at Florida A&M, and his mother played basketball at Bethune-Cookman. He has a superb work ethic.

Another player who LSU followers may want to keep an eye on for the coming days is four-star point guard Tyty Washington, a 6-4 guard out of Chandler, Arizona. His current top seven include Arizona State, LSU, Creighton, Illinois, Auburn, USC and Ole Miss. He averages 22 points per game.

A very aggressive defender, Washington is a dangerous three-point shooter who also creates off the dribble. He is a natural ball handler who finish around the rim. Washington is scheduled to make a decision in the near future.

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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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