2010 Rivals150 prospect Jalen Courtney suffered a tough loss last night in the Mississippi state finals, but Courtney was right back in the gym Sunday working out, preparing for next season and then for the SEC.
"Since LSU started recruiting me, they've been on top," said Courtney, a 6-foot7, 200-pound power forward from Jackson (Miss.) Provine High School. "I'll have a chance to play early and will be in a position where I will have to perform."
Courtney also considered offers from Missouri, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Auburn.
Courtney, who averaged around 21 points and 12 rebounds per game during his junior season, also cited Coach Johnson as one of the main reasons he chose LSU.
"Coach Johnson reminds me of my high school coach," he said. "He believes in hard work and dedication. He is a coach where if I do what he asks of me, I will be in a position to succeed."
Provine fell in overtime to Biloxi in an attempt to win a third straight state championship despite Courtney's 24 point, 14 rebound effort. Getting back into the gym this morning wiped some of the bad taste out of Courtney's mouth.
"It helped me feel a little better," he said. "But I was planning on working out anyway."