October 29, 2015

LSU Preview Capsule

By The Associated Press=

LSU

Last season: 19-14.

Nickname: Tigers.

Coach: Johnny Jones.

Conference: Southeastern.

Who's gone: F Ben Simmons, G Keith Hornsby, G Tim Quarterman.

Who's back: G Antonio Blakeney. LSU's third-leading scorer last season at 12.6 points per game; F Craig Victor. Junior Forward averaged 11.5 points and 5.6 rebounds last season; G Brandon Sampson. Showed potential as a freshman who started five games.

Who's new: C-F Duop Reath. The 6-foot-10 junior college transfer is a rim protector on defense who can run the court and has some offensive skills as well. He provides an inside presence LSU lacked last season. Freshman G Skylar Mays and 6-6 F Wade Sims are Baton Rouge-area recruits who could make immediate contributions.

The Skinny: Expectations are low following the departure of Ben Simmons, the No. 1 overall NBA pick this summer. Jones can only hope team chemistry improves and that a number of players emerging from Simmons' shadow turn out to be better than everyone thought.

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