Galen Alexander signs with LSU basketball
The LSU Tigers officially added versatile forward Galen Alexander of Lafayette Christian Academy when the swingman singed in his official ceremony Thursday night in the Knights' dining hall.
Alexander, who started his high school career at Breaux Bridge, helped lead the Knights to a semifinal appearance in the playoffs last season while averaging 15.9 points per game last season, adding in six rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Alexander shot 41 percent from 3-point territory last season.
The 6-foot-6 forward committed to the Tigers in July as a four-star prospect and consensus Top 100 player in the nation. After his commitment, Alexander said LSU stuck with with him through good and bad and he was looking forward to joining coach Johnny Jones squad.
Alexander's junior season didn't get off to the fast start many expected, as the talented player was ruled ineligible by the LHSAA following his transfer to Lafayette Christian Academy.
He was eventually ruled eligible after an arbitration battle, but only played in 12 games for the Knights.
Alexander joins Brandon Rachal as Louisiana prospects joining the Tigers in Baton Rouge.
Lafayette Christian coach Byron Starks said after Alexander committed that the Tigers were getting a combo forward who could excel in today's "pace and space" basketball.
"With the way the game is now, I can see him at small forward or stretch forward sort of like a Draymond Green-type player," Starks said. "I think he can morph into a player of that caliber. He'll have to go through his freshman year and get used to the physicality, but the sky is the limit, it's all about how much work he puts in."
Alexander thanked his friends and family in the program provided to media at the event.
"To my parents, family and friends who have placed a part in making this possible, thank you," Alexander said. "(And to) Lafayette Christian Academy for welcoming us and taking care of us like family."