- Gary Laney, Reporter, GeauxTigerNation
When point guard Corban Collins became LSU's fifth recruit for the 2012 basketball signing class last week, it gave a look of completion for Johnny Jones' first Tigers signing class.
Collins gives LSU two true point guards (along with returning starter Anthony Hickey) to go with four wings (returning starter Andre Stringer and recruits Shavon Coleman, Malik Morgan and Shane Hammink), two "face-up," perimeter-shooting forwards (Eddie Ludwig and Jalen Courtney) and two "true" post players (returning starter Johnny O'Bryant III and recruit Calvin Godfrey).
That means the Tigers are two-deep with scholarship players at all five positions.
Does that mean Jones and LSU are finished?
Not necessarily. There's still John Odoh, the nation's leading junior college rebounder last season. He signed with North Texas when Jones was still there and has since been granted a release. Jones' junior college coach, Swede Trenkle, said Odoh is concentrating on completing summer school and must take care of his academics before anything else.
If he does, expect Odoh to join LSU as a third true post player.
For Jones, who arrived at LSU during the spring signing period and has endured some roster turnover (the loss of wings Ralston Turner and John Isaac and center Justin Hamilton), he has salvaged a functional roster that won't use all 13 available scholarships.
This is important because LSU will have one senior next season -- Ludwig -- and has offers out to five prospects who are rated four stars or better. With LSU entering 2012-13 with 10 scholarship players, it would have the opportunity to sign four in the 2013 class, or three if Odoh joins the team.
These potential recruits aren't reaches for LSU, either. The best is Jarrell Martin, a 6-foot-8 forward from Baton Rouge, La./Madison Prep, who has made it a habit to attend LSU games in the past. Damien Jones, a 6-foot-9 forward at Baton Rouge/Scotlandville is another highly touted local in the 2013 class.
And Jones' Dallas connections has the Tigers on the list of Dallas-area four-star prospects Karviar Shepherd (Dallas/Grace Prep Academy), Jordan Mickey (Dallas/Grace Prep) and Kendal Harris (Richardson, Texas/Berkner).
Don't expect Jones to tie up scholarships that could be used to pursue these players on a player still available in late June for the 2012 class -- unless that player can make an impact similar to what one might expect from a four-star recruit.
Odoh, whose eye-popping juco rebounding (14.3 a game) and shot-blocking (4.7) numbers suggest he could make an impact on the defensive end, is one of few players out there who might fit that description.
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