BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The LSU basketball team got off to a fast start on Wednesday, Nov. 11, receiving and approving letter-of-intent papers for its first two signees of the fall signing period.
The first player signed was Brandon Murray of Baltimore, Md. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard will play at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. this season.
“We are glad to have Brandon Murray signing with LSU Basketball,” said Coach Wade. “Brandon is a prolific scorer and shooter. He is one of the hardest workers that I have ever recruited. He is a rugged, tough player on both ends. His ability to score makes him an exciting addition to our team for the 2021-22 season.”
He averaged 21.7 points last season for Poly High in Baltimore. He was 65% from the field and 53% from beyond the arc. He was named the Mr. Maryland Basketball for the 2019-20 season and the Baltimore City Player of the Year. He is listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN, while Rivals lists him at No. 41 at the shooting guard position and 247Sports Composite rankings post Murray at No. 47 at the position.
The Tigers also signed center Jerrell Colbert is from San Antonio, Texas, but will play his senior season at Houston High School in Germantown, Tenn. He stands 6-foot-10.
Colbert played the 2019-20 season at Cornerstone Christian Academy in San Antonio. He averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds. He is rated as a four-star recruit. He is No. 31 in the nation by ESPN and No. 6 at center. The 247Sports Composite ranks him at No. 46 nationally and the No. 8 center.
He was named MVP at HoopsFest USA in Tampa after scoring 21 points and pulling down 16 rebounds in the final game. He also played in the Pangos All-American Festival in Phoenix, Az., which featured some of the nation’s top high school basketball stars.
On Monday, Nov. 16, LSU received letter-of-intent papers from Alex Fudge of Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Fla. and approved them.
The four-star recruit is a 6-foot-8 small forward with a seven-foot wingspan who averaged 16.1 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and 1.3 assists per game as a junior to lead Robert E. Lee to a 23-5 record.
Rivals has Fudge listed as No. 47 nationally and No. 11 at the position, while ESPN lists him at No. 57 in the country and No. 13 at small forward. The 247sports Composite ranking puts him at No. 44 nationally and No. 8 at small forward. He also played in the Pangos All-American Festival in Phoenix, Arizona featuring the top high school stars.
One possible added incentive for him to choose LSU is the fact he has family in the Lafayette area.
LSU is ranked No. 10 in the 247Sports Composite basketball rankings.
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