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BASKETBALL RECRUITING

 Taking a break from football recruiting and focus on basketball:

LSU raided the Magnolia state for two of its four basketball signees: Forest Hill guard Andre Stringer and Provine forward Jalen Courtney.

Both players are familiar with Coast basketball fans that helped LSU earn a 10th hoops signing class ranking by ESPNU.

Stringer played a big role in Forest Hill sweeping St. Stanislaus last season, including the 4A State Basketball Semifinals. He averaged 25 points and seven assists a game for the 4A state runner-up.

Courtney helped the Rams win two 5A state titles, but lost to Biloxi in overtime last year. He averaged 15 points and eight rebounds

The Tigers remained in the Deep South for its remaining signees: Matt Derenbecker of Metairie and Ralston Turner of Muscle Shoals, Ala.

“LSU’s basketball future is bright,” LSU Coach Trent Johnson said in a statement. “We were able to get four quality student-athletes. They are all very, very good basketball players. We got the players we targeted.”

“Matt Derenbecker is the Louisiana payer of the year on a state championship team; Andre Stringer is a Mr. Basketball; Ralston Turner is arguably the best player in the state of Alabama and Jalen Courtney has played on teams that won state championships.''

        The NCAA Fall Signing Period began Wednesday and concludes next week.

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