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LSU Basketball Lands Second Five-Star Player In Guard Antonio Blakeney

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 18: Members of the LSU Tigers cheer squad take the court before the Tigers play the Texas A&M Aggies during round two of the NCAA National Championship on March 18, 2006 at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Four basketball programs currently have multiple five-star players committed in the class of 2015. Three of them—Arizona, Duke, and Kentucky—make a ton of sense. Those three schools are arguably the three best in terms of recruiting at the moment. The fourth, however, is nowhere near as obvious. LSU made a splash in October when it landed 2015's No. 1 rated player, forward Ben Simmons. Now, they have an elite guard prospect to go with him, and Antonio Blakeney. 

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">@blakeney96 #GeauxTigerspic.twitter.com/Li5VhebVBW— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) January 2, 2015

With the commitment, LSU's class jumped to No. 15 in 247Sports' composite team rankings, despite having just two players in the class. Blakeney cites the coaching staff as the main reason for his commitment, though the chance to play with Simmons probably doesn't hurt.

"Really it was just my relationship with coach (David Patrick) and Coach (Johnny) Jones and the plan they have for the program," Blakeney said. "It's something I really want to be a part of."It's more a football school, but they're trying to make it a basketball school. When me and Ben get there, we have a chance to take it another level."

Experts believe this duo can be special right away, and make the Tigers instant contenders.

">@jerrymeyer247 says LSU is "a Final Four-caliber team" next yr depending on who returns to play w/ Blakeney, Simmons http://t.co/rCKfx4nd0g

— Ben Roberts (@NextCats) January 2, 2015

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While most LSU fans are probably already waiting for football to come back, they have some great hoops to look forward to next winter as well.

[NOLA.com]