LSU is trying to get its basketball program back to the glory days of the Dale Brown era.
Evidently, recruiting the kids of players from the Brown years is one way to try to get there.
LSU coach Trent Johnson and his staff have offered a scholarship to Shane Hammink, the son of former LSU center Geert Hammink and one of the top players in Europe.
Geert Hammink, a native of Holland, is remembered primarily as the backup of Shaquille O'Neal at LSU who had a huge senior season for the Tigers after Shaq left for the NBA. Geert Hammink later backed up O'Neal with the Orlando Magic and after a brief NBA career, continued his pro career in Europe.
But Shane is not a 7-foot center like his dad. He's a 6-foot-6 combo guard who's noted for his versatility and ability to defend. While he's Dutch, he has been attending school in Spain, playing at the Canarias Basketball Academy, a prep school for Europeans with college and pro aspirations.
CBA's director, Rob Orellana, said in an e-mail to ESPN that Hammink has not visited LSU, but "LSU has been out here twice and they have offered him," he said, noting that Johnson and assistant coach Brent Scott have visited to see Hammink.
He said the younger Hammink has "serious interest" in LSU, but "he also has interest in other schools as well."
Orellana, an American who coached as an assistant at several Division I colleges and was a student assistant on UNLV's 1990 national championship team, declined to comment on what other schools Hammink is interested in.
Shane was on Hollands U19 national team in 2011. He has two brothers, Ryan and Nick, also at CBA.