LSU adds former UNO/Memphis guard Carmouche

Louisiana native Charles Carmouche has returned home to finish his college basketball career, LSU men’s coach Johnny Jones announced Saturday in a university news release.

Carmouche started out at the University of New Orleans, where he played two seasons before transferring to the University of Memphis as his hometown Privateers transitioned out of the Division I ranks. He leaves Memphis with one year of eligibility remaining.

Because he completed his degree requirements at Memphis, Carmouche is immediately eligible at LSU under the NCAA graduation-transfer rule.

“We’re excited to have Charles as part of our LSU basketball program,” Jones said in the release. “He has an ability to defend and a knack for scoring. With his experience, Charles brings a leadership and a presence to our team that we need heading into the start of preseason workouts.”

Carmouche will become the rare student-athlete to play at three Division I schools without having to sit out a season anywhere along the way.

He was also eligible immediately at Memphis, an opportunity allowed all UNO athletes because the school was transitioning to a lower division. He picks up immediate elgibily at LSU because athletes who complete their degree requirements with elgibility remaining may transfer without penalty.

A 6-foot-3, 183-pound guard, Carmouche played in only seven games for Memphis last season, but was granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA after suffering injury. He averaged 6.3 and 2.6 in the seven games he played.

The previous season, Carmouche averaged 7.4 points and 3.3 rebounds, starting 28 games for a Memphis team that advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Carmouche was a key contributor at UNO for two seasons, starting 15 games at point guard as a freshman and leading the Privateers in minutes played as a sophomore, when he averaged 12.6 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Changing direction is nothing new for Carmouche, who played at St. Augustine in New Orleans as a freshman before being displaced by Hurricane Katrina and playing his sophomore year at Westside High in Houston. He played his final two prep seasons at McMain back home in New Orleans.

Carmouche brings LSU back to 11 players for the upcoming season.

Last week, LSU announced junior-college recruit Calvin Godfrey had been released from his letter of intent after failing to meet necessary academic requirements.