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Will LSU be able to field a basketball team next season?

With LSU head coach Will Wade “allegedly” caught with his hand in the cookie jar, his players are getting out of Baton Rouge as fast as they can this offseason.

This afternoon, freshman forward Emmitt Williams announced he would be putting his name in the NBA Draft, becoming the fifth Tiger to leave the program since their season ended.

Williams joins freshman forward Naz Reid, freshman guard Javonte Smart, sophomore guard Tremont Waters, and junior guard Skylar Mays as early entrants to the 2019 NBA Draft.

Senior forward Kavell Bigby-Williams is also graduating this year, meaning all six of LSU’s leading scorers will not be on the team next season.

After refusing cooperation with the school and the NCAA, Will Wade is expected to meet with officials from both parties tomorrow.

“There is a meeting scheduled tomorrow with Coach Wade, LSU officials and the NCAA within the parameters LSU first requested in early March,” LSU senior associate athletic director Robert Munson said in a statement. “University officials have made clear their expectation for full cooperation and transparency in this first step in a process toward resolution.”

The school suspended Wade back on March 8, just one day after Yahoo Sports reported that the LSU coach was caught via FBI wiretap back in 2017  discussing a “strong-ass offer” with aspiring agent Christian Dawkins to land a recruit, presumably Javonte Smart.

LSU only has three 2019 recruits signed for next season, with each of them being rated three stars or lower.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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27 Comments for Will LSU be able to field a basketball team next season?

  1. Catcasey1
    7:18 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Get what u pay for

    • trumpetguy
      7:52 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Perhaps a long distance call to Greece for advice is in order……..

    • mashburnfan1
      9:48 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe Cal can beat LSU next year with his 8 all americans vs their 3 three star guys. SEC looks to be powerful again, NOT. UT was good but losing quite a bit and we get new teams every year. Still think we have a title shot at this time but as always we have to wait and see who returns and if the FR are any good or just over hyped and over rated like the past couple of classes.

    • Miller45
      10:50 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      You get caught trying to cheat and everyone is going to beat you as bad as they can on principle

    • ^^^Thanks Duke/UL fan.

  2. Cats Football First
    7:29 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    You do know that declaring for the draft doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t come back, right?

    • StillBP
      7:32 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      I bet he had no idea. Good thing you are here to help.

    • Bobbum Man
      7:34 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Boom roasted

      7:37 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      I’d wager that they’ve all announced their intentions to leave so early, because they’re hearing/seeing things that tell them their coach is gone, and they would likely be coming back to a program on probation. #THEYGONE

    • nocode96
      9:34 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, jack pilgrim, the guy who gets paid to write about college basketball, has no idea of the very widely known and understood rule concerning this. To piggyback on BP, thank goodness you’re here. Hopefully he reads your comment.

    • babbus
      7:05 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      I agree, pretty misleading to not put in there these kids can come back. To all these people ridiculing your comment, kind of a waste of an article if 5 of the guys leaving can come back

  3. ScottGreene22
    7:32 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Probably not a very good team. First place to last place

      7:35 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      That “1st place” will likely have an * next to it…or be vacated altogether… and then it will be last-to-last.

    7:33 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Regardless of any impact on the SEC, I hope LSU gets hammered for this, and Wade is hit with a 5-10 yr min. ban from the NCAA. If KU, UNCheat, Duke, Arizona and others are getting away with it, some other school will likely have to get close to what UofL got, to “send a message”. If the NCAA sits back and lets all of the FBI stuff play out, and hopes it will just go away without having to make the “tough decisions”, it will only hurt them long-term.

    • TB112162
      8:19 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      UL hasn’t gotten anything there probation. Was for the prostitution stuff.They just heard from the NCAA on the pay for play stuff

  5. Smyrna_Cat
    7:37 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Pitino would fit right it.

      7:39 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      He certainly would be right at home in a swamp.

    • nocode96
      9:36 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      He’d certainly fit in, but he’d bounce as soon as things got exciting, probs after like 7 seconds or so.

  6. jsuge20
    7:51 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    And back to the bottom you go

  7. shelby
    8:50 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Wow; and the ncaa hasn’t even started yet. It may take 10 yrs for LSU to recover.

  8. Racerr11
    8:51 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    I’d say there all leaving because they were paid and are illegal players.

  9. makeitstop
    9:02 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    As NASA once said, stating the obvious, “obviously a major malfunction.” Wow. That program just disintegrated.

  10. truebluefootballfan
    9:50 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Attention all students: We will be holding an open tryout for the men’s basketball program in the gym

  11. dctawk
    3:06 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    We were there once

  12. Miller45
    3:48 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    Will wade always rubbed me the wrong way, everything he says is snide and condescending, he whines and throws temper tantrums almost as often as sean Miller. Looks like a middle school choir teacher too