Coach Johnny Jones has been so prolific in his recruiting, that I've got to actually combine two class years in one new hoops recruiting thread. What we know is 2015 maybe a small, but very picky class, unless we see some unusual attrition. 2016 opens up to larger class. We also see a re-emergence of LA recruits in the spotlight... Folks already know about superstar Australian recruit, Ben Simmons (2015, 6'10" SF/PF), who has committed early to LSU. This top 5 player in the class of 2015 is truly an amazing versatile talent, who can impact the game in the down low, slashing, fast-break and outside shooting arena. http://espn.go.com/college-sports/r...4-recruit-ben-simmons-commits-lsu-tigers-2015 Another player in the same league is Malik Newman from MS who will be pursued by all of the big boys, and considered a long shot for the Tigers: http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2014/02/lsu_hanging_around_as_a_dark_h.html#incart_river_default Players to watch locally in 2015 though include Brandon Sampson (6'4" SG, who will have a lot of Big12/SEC attention), another Madison Prep product, and Chad Lott (6'3" PG) from Shreveport. http://espn.go.com/colleges/basketball/recruiting/school/_/id/99/class/2015/page/offers In class 2016, Jones got a very early commitment from Skylar Mays, a teammate at U-High of his son's. Very solid, heady, true point guard who has some decent size (6'1" 176) already and shows a maturity beyond his years. Likely to be at least a 4* when it's all said and done. The other 2016 targets appear to be bigs, seriously talented forwards from Florida (Juwan Durham, 6'9" 190) and Tennessee (Braxton Blackwell, 6'8" 215). Things are pretty preliminary obviously, but the fact that LSU in the mix for many 4* and 5* players tells you how well Coach Jones has moved the program in the recruiting sense. http://espn.go.com/colleges/basketball/recruiting/school/_/id/99/class/2016/page/offers This is just the thread-kick off and I'm sure Mr.Green and others can add more. But from where I sit. LSU continues to be "Forward U" with the likes of Bass, Davis, Thomas, Swift, when they bring on kids like Jarrell Martin, Jordan Mickey, Aaron Epps and Ben Simmons. The focus should be on locking up some quality guards to go along these very nicely developing frontlines. Mays is a great start, as we haven't signed a top notch local PG in a while. Getting some of these talented guard scorers will be key for Jones' staff in the coming classes. Getting smart, talented guards to succeed our JUCO/transfer elder classmen, Hornsby and Gray, will be crucial.