He may not be Ben Simmons, but then again, no one is Ben Simmons. And 4-star small forward Galen Alexander has something that Simmons, the most famous LSU commit since Shaquille O’Neal, never did: He’s local.
Alexander is one of the top-100 recruits in the Class of 2017, and was officially considering a number of the nation’s top programs. That’s before the Lafayette Christian Academy product (he previously played at Breaux Bridge) announced his commitment to LSU, his hometown team on Twitter (where else), on Sunday.
“I just felt like it was time,” Alexander told NOLA.com on Sunday morning. “I kind of knew where I wanted to go. All the other schools, they kind of eliminated themselves. They showed their true colors. LSU stayed on top whether I was playing good or bad. They always trusted me and they trusted the player I could be. I trusted the player they can turn me into. I felt like that was the best decision for me.
“I was sitting down with my mom and my cousin Corey and we talked for a while. We’ve been talking since yesterday about it. I just told them that I thought it was time. We called Coach Johnny (Jones) and Coach (Robert) Kirby and my dad on three-way and I just told them that I feel like it was time. I appreciate everything they did for me and them always having faith in me and trusting in me and most of all believing in me. They were happy. They were ecstatic.”
Alexander is one of the biggest commitments for LSU since Simmons, who appeared poised to jumpstart a basketball renaissance in Baton Rouge. Instead, his one season of college basketball fell flat of the Superman expectations, with the Tigers missing out on the NCAA Tournament.
The newest Tiger will hope that isn’t the case with his recruiting class, and the coaches will be thrilled if he sticks around a bit longer than Simmons, too.