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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Swing and a miss for John Brady

No one should be surprised Dallas forward Darrell Arthur chose Kansas over LSU and Baylor on Tuesday.

The Tigers were late in the recruiting race for Arthur. Kansas has more basketball tradition than LSU or Baylor. His decision makes sense.

What doesn't make sense is LSU's inability to recruit impact talent nationally. Under Dale Brown, the Tigers were able to recruit players from Louisville (Rudy Macklin), New Jersey (Greg Cook), Los Angeles (John Williams) and San Antonio (Shaquille O'Neal). LSU's best players in recent years - Stromile Swift (Shreveport), Glen Davis (Baton Rouge) and Tyrus Thomas (Baton Rouge) are Louisiana products.

This isn't to say LSU should abandon its state roots. But in college basketball, a national presence is almost a necessity to be an elite program.

Unlike college football, where recruiting nationally can be worrisome, college basketball almost requires one or two national recruits each year to stay on top.


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