CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA -- It wasn't long ago that Mike Scarborough of TigerBait.com, the Rivals' LSU team site, broke the story that one of the state's top players had made a commitment to John Brady's program.
Brady had landed 6-7 combo forward Darnell Lazare from Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lazare competed this past weekend at the Bob Gibons Tournament of Champions with the New Orleans Jazz.
Lazare was impressive. He scored 15 points in a game against the Kappa Magic on Saturday. During the tournament Lazare showed the ability to get to the basket with his dribble or moving without the ball.
Lazare also can block shots and shows a nice touch from the outside. "I am trying to work on all of those things this summer," Lazare said. "I want to be a complete player before I get to college. I am working hard everyday on those skills."
Lazare will likely work harder on his handle. If he progresses in this department, defenders will have to be careful of hugging him along the perimeter. Because once Lazare moves past defenders, he is tough to stop. He will usually score or pick up a foul.
Lazare averaged 15 points and nine rebounds last season as a junior. "I am excited about playing for coach Brady," Lazare said. "LSU has an up and coming team. It's going to be fun to play for a winning team in college."