The LSU basketball team got its first commitment for 2012 when John Curtis shooting guard Malik Morgan gave coach Trent Johnson his pledge Wednesday night.
Morgan averaged 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Curtis last year, leading the Patriots to Class 2A’s quarterfinals.
“I think LSU was always No. 1 on his list,” Curtis coach Mike Krajcer said. “I think he’s wanted to go there since he’s been a little boy.”
Morgan’s commitment comes on the heels of Riverside Academy forward Ricardo Gathers and St. Augustine point guard Javan Felix, the state’s top two prospects, choosing to leave state. Gathers committed to St. John’s and Felix picked Texas.
Krajcer said Arizona, Boston College, Georgia Tech and Miami were other schools in the mix for Morgan.
“He’s a scorer,” Krajcer said. “He’s the kind of guy that can create his own shot, he can shoot the 3-pointer with NBA range, and he can take it to the goal with the best of them.”
Morgan, 6-foot-4, is listed by Rivals.com as the nation’s No. 93 overall prospect and No. 17 shooting guard. Krojcer said LSU and Tulane were the first schools to show interest.