Transfer market may be best option for LSU men’s basketball roster
The biggest question circulating among LSU fanatics currently is split somewhere between how the Joe Brady new offense is going to affect the Tigers’ future and what transpires on the hardwood in Bengal Tiger country?
We’ll have to wait until the end of August to really know about the football team, of course. However, the immediate future of the Tigers in men’s basketball hangs in the balance now.
Is Will Wade going to return to the LSU bench? If not, who will run the ship?
Regardless of who is in charge, the Purple and Gold are experiencing a significant transition period in personnel. Naz Reid, Tremont Waters and the graduating Kavell Bigby-Williams are surely gone. Others have stuck their toes in the NBA waters. A completely new roster may end up representing the Tigers next season.
Not sure what could cure the ills of a team in LSU’s predicament? Check out the transfer wire. You know, college basketball’s version of NFL free agency, right? The only difference is, you don’t have to deal with a salary cap restriction, only have spots on your roster that need to be filled.
Immediate gratification is possible if, a big if, you secure the right players. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or the grass may be greener on the other side for players seeking new programs. But when you browse the transfer wire, you must take a hard look at the players looking for homes. Some just need a new location and others are leaving due to a coaching change. Some, if not all, have baggage. You just hope that if they do have issues, they are controllable or correctable ones.
I strongly feel that LSU is going to be in the market for a fresh infusion of talent. Here are a few names who possess college experience – in fact, most grad transfers – who could potentially fill some open spots and help stop the bleeding.
SG Chris Clarke (6-6, 216) VA Tech
He just sat out one season but averaged 8.2 points, shooting 57% from floor and 42.4% from behind arc.
SG Haanif Cheatham (6-5, 195) Florida Gulf Coast.
He also spent three seasons at Marquette where he averaged 10.5 points, 46% FGs, 36.7% from three and 2.2 assists. At Florida Gulf Coast, he tallied 13.2 points, 45.4% FG, 36.4% from three, 1.9 assists. He was injured last season, only playing in 10 contests. That issue would have to be examined.
PG Jaylen Fisher (6-2, 195) TCU
In 61 games, he put up 10.9 points, 4.2 assists, 42.5% FG and 40.9% from three for the Horned Frogs. The Arlington, Tennessee native had knee surgery Sept. 2018 and only saw action in nine games this season.
SG Rayjon Tucker (6-5, 210) Arkansas Little-Rock
He also attended Florida Gulf Coast for two seasons where he averaged 6.9 points, 52.5% FG and 41.7% from three. In his lone season at Little Rock, Tucker torched the nets for 20.3 points per outing, hitting 49% from floor and 41% from behind arc and adding 1.1 steals with 1.8 assists. He was second team All-Sun Belt last season.
SG Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey (6-4, 191) Tennessee State
Originally with Ole Miss for two seasons averaging 6.9 points, 44.5% from the floor and 36 % from three, he spent the past season at Tennessee State where he averaged 14.2 points, shooting 44.6% from the field and 38% from long range.
SF Shakir Juiston (6-7, 220) UNLV
He spent two seasons with the Runnin’ Rebels but also played at Hutchinson JUCO. At UNLV, he averaged 14.5 points and 9.9 rebounds, hitting 63.4% overall. He tore his right meniscus back on Dec. 8, 2018 and missed the rest of season.
SF Matt Ryan ( 6-8, 209) Vanderbilt
He was previously with Notre Dame for two years (4.4 points, 42.4% FG) but faird betetr at Vanderbilt (8.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 34% FG). Ryan was 2015 New York Mr. Basketball.
PF Cameron Lard (6-9, 245) Iowa State
The Natchitoches, La. native who shined in state as a prepster, he played in 53 games for the Cyclones and averaged 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds while hitting 62.3% FG. Lard is a capable high-major forward.
PF Jordan Brown (6-10, 210) Nevada
The former McDonald’s All-American is leaving Nevada because head coach Eric Musselman left for Arkansas. He could join his former coach but would have to sit out. Steve Alford is the new head coach at Nevada.
PF Cheickna Dembele (6-11, 235) UNLV
Played in only one game last season due to injury, but he averaged 4.0 points as a freshman in 2016-17.
PF Andrew Gordon (6-9, 255) West Virginia
The native of Clearwater, Fla. attended NW Florida State JUCO before he played one season for the Mountaineers (2.3 points, 42.3% from floor).
C/PF Joey Brunk (6-11, 240) Butler
He should have a long list of suitors. The Indiana native averaged 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 61.7% from floor.
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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…