LSU Men's Basketball defeats Mizzou

LSU men's basketball coach Will Wade coaches his team during the Tigers' 82-78 win over the Mizzou Tigers on Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020, in the PMAC.

LSU basketball made a big splash this weekend as the Tigers picked up a critical win against Texas A&M but also gained two commitments from four-star prospects on the recruiting trail.

Head coach Will Wade landed a verbal pledge from four-star Georgia guard Eric Gaines on Sunday morning, moving LSU up to the No. 6 recruiting class in the country for 2020, according to 247Sports team rankings.

Gaines, the 6-foot-3 Lithonia native, joins a loaded incoming class of five-star shooting guard Cam Thomas, four-star forward Mwani Wilkinson, three-star guard Jalen Cook, three-star center Bradley Ezewiro, and impact transfers Shareef O’Neal (UCLA) and Josh LeBlanc (Georgetown).

“It just made me feel like I was back at home,” Gaines told 247Sports of his commitment to LSU. “The environment was welcoming, and I got along with the teammates and coaches.”

Gaines is rated the No. 16 point guard in the country and the No. 8 prospect overall in the state of Georgia.

That night, Wade secured another commitment from his first recruit for the 2021 class in four-star center Jerrell Colbert. Colbert is ranked the No. 6 center in America for 2021 and No. 32 overall prospect, according to 247Sports.

“I picked them because basically it’s where I’m most comfortable at and the best fit for me to get to the next level with their training,” Colbert told Evan Daniels of 247Sports. “LSU was hitting me up every day. I really liked that. The other schools were hitting me, but not as much as LSU.”

Former four-star prospect Shareef O’Neal, son of LSU legend Shaquille O’Neal, decided to transfer from UCLA in January and announced his decision to join LSU in February.

“It’s real big footsteps [to follow],” O’Neal said, “but I’m ready for it. It’s a great program. Louisiana is a different scene. I’ve been in L.A. most of my life, but I’m ready for it.”

Despite recent struggles, Wade has secured the third-best recruiting class in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers wrap up the season on Saturday against Georgia before traveling to Nashville for the SEC Tournament next week.

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