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NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 12:  Ben Simmons #25 of the LSU Tigers stands on the court after being charged with a technical foul in the game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the semifinals of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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LSU coach: Tigers won’t play in any postseason tourneys

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU freshman Ben Simmons’ college career could be finished.

Coach Johnny Jones announced Sunday that the Tigers will not participate in a postseason tournament after being left out of the NCAA field.

The Tigers (19-14) finished in a tie for third place in the Southeastern Conference for the second straight year. They failed to play up to expectations created by the arrival of Simmons, who might declare for the upcoming NBA draft.

Jones says LSU “will be able to utilize this time to get better and start preparations for next season.” The coach says the Tigers fell short of their mark of getting to the NCAA Tournament and he takes full responsibility, adding he’ll do what is necessary to ensure LSU accomplishes one of its main goals in the future.

LSU starting point guard will miss time with injured ankle

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LSU starting point guard Josh Gray will miss some time with an ankle injury that the junior suffered on Saturday in a win over Sam Houston State. The 6-foot-1 Gray landed awkwardly on his right ankle three minutes into the second half and did not return after being looked at by trainers.

According to a report from Shelden Mickles of the New Orleans Advocate, LSU head coach Johnnie Jones would not specify on the severity of the injury or how long his point guard would be out, but Gray left the basketball facility on crutches with a walking boot. He’ll be evaluated on Monday.

The Tigers have a game against UAB on Thursday and if Gray is in a boot and on crutches it might be tough for him to be ready for that game. After that, LSU has three more non-conference games before SEC play begins with a Jan. 8 game at Missouri, so Gray will hopefully be healthy by then.

If Gray can’t go, the Tigers could promote sixth man Tim Quarterman from the bench, as the 6-foot-6 sophomore has played well this season off the bench. It would give LSU more size but less perimeter shooting and perimeter depth.

Gray is averaging 11.1 points, 4.7 assists and 3 rebounds per game this season while shooting 47 percent from the field and 44 percent from the three-point line. He can really fill it up from the perimeter, but he’s also averaging 3.7 turnovers per game and can get reckless with the ball.

2014 guard Jalyn Patterson becomes LSU’s third verbal commitment

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Just five days after four-star big man Elbert Robinson announced that he would be an LSU Tiger head coach Johnny Jones received a fourth verbal commitment in the 2014 class, this one coming from 5-foot-11 point guard Jalyn Patterson according to multiple outlets. Patterson, a native of Alpharetta, Ga., joins Robinson and power forward/center Aaron Epps in LSU’s 2014 class.

Patterson currently attends Montverde Academy in Florida, and he announced his decision to attend LSU on the heels of his official visit to the school this weekend. Patterson’s three-pointer in the final seconds of the title game of the National High School Invitational back in April pushed Montverde past St. Benedict’s Prep, resulting in the Eagles finishing the season ranked atop both the ESPN and USA Today national polls.

That Montverde squad included guards Kasey Hill (Florida) and D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State verbal commitment), forward Ben Simmons (considered by many to be one of the top prospects in the 2015 class) and center Dakari Johnson (Kentucky). Kevin Boyle’s team finished the season with a 25-2 record. Patterson played with the Atlanta Celtics during the spring/summer.

With Andre Stringer (senior) and Anthony Hickey (junior) being upperclassmen, Patterson’s verbal commitment gives LSU some extra depth at the point guard position to go along with highly-regarded freshman Tim Quarterman. At the end of the 2013-14 season the Tigers stand to lose at least two scholarship players in Stringer and small forward Shavon Coleman.

Here are a few clips of Patterson in action with the Celtics.

LSU head coach Johnny Jones arrives at ‘Bayou Madness’ in a Delorean

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There are high hopes for the LSU Tigers in 2013-14. Head coach Johnny Jones’ team may not be discussed in the same realm as Kentucky or Florida when it comes to competing for an SEC title, the Tigers certainly don’t lack for talent. With forward Johnny O’Bryant deciding to return for his junior season and talented newcomers such as Jarell Martin, Jordan Mickey and Tim Quarterman joining the program, LSU has the talent needed to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009.

Can LSU turn back the clock to a time when they were consistently a factor within the SEC? That’s the hope, with Coach Jones’ entrance at the team’s “Bayou Madness” event influenced by the movie “Back to the Future”. Coach Jones arrived at the PMAC in a Delorean, and after exiting the vehicle opened up his lab coat to reveal an “old school” LSU jersey (Jones played at the school from 1981-84).

The original “Back to the Future” was released in July 1985, just months before the start of what would turn into a special season for LSU basketball. That team became the first 11-seed to reach the Final Four, beating Purdue, Memphis, Georgia Tech and Kentucky before falling to eventual national champion Louisville in the national semis.

LSU opens regular season play on November 12 at UMass in what should be a challenging contest, with dynamic point guard Chaz Williams leading the way for the Minutemen.

h/t Sporting News

LSU suspends point guard Anthony Hickey indefinitely

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LSU announced today that sophomore point guard Anthony Hickey will be suspended indefinitely following violations of the athletic department and university policies.

“I know I have made mistakes and sometimes it takes mistakes in life to make you a better person,” Hickey said in a statement released by the LSU athletic department. “I’m not perfect and need to move forward and make better decisions. I know I have let my family down, my team down and LSU down. I will come out of this a much stronger individual. I pray to be back in my LSU uniform as soon as I can.”

Hickey, the 5-foot-11 starting point guard, was averaging 10.2 points, 5.2 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game for the 5-o Tigers. LSU now loses a defensive presence in the backcourt, with Hickey leading the nation in steals at 4.4 per contest.

Head coach Johnny Jones said he will fully cooperate with the LSU Athletic Department regarding this suspension.

“There is a responsibility that comes with playing college basketball,” said Jones. “If a player doesn’t take care of his responsibilities, then he loses the privilege of being able to play. We look forward to continuing to focus on our upcoming game Tuesday and our three-game road trip that follows.”

The undefeated LSU team takes on Chattanogga on Tuesday, then hits the road for three games, ending with a match up against Marquette.

Randy Rosetta, of The Times Picayune speculated that his could be an academic-related issue, yet a university spokesperson said Hickey was suspended by the team and not the university. Rosetta also mentioned it is now becoming a habit for Hickey to be reprimanded by the team.

This is at least the third issue that has arisen with Hickey since the start of the season. He did not start the season opener or the fourth game of the season. Hickey said the punishment in both cases was for being late to mandatory study halls.

Freshman guard Corban Collins (2.2 points per game) has started the two games Hickey did not and will likely fill his role in the starting lineup.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Former Memphis guard Charles Carmouche transfers to LSU, is eligible to play right away

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Former Memphis and University of New Orleans guard Charles Carmouche has enrolled at LSU and will be eligible to play with the Tigers at the start of the 2012-13 season, the school announced Saturday.

Carmouche, a 6-3, 183-pound native of Louisiana, played two seasons at Memphis and two at New Orleans, but was granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA, effectively giving him a fifth year of eligibility.

Because he attained his degree from Memphis, he is eligible right away to play for coach Johnny Jones and the Tigers at the start of the season under the graduate transfer rule.

“We’re excited to have Charles as part of our LSU basketball program,” Jones said in a statement. “He has an ability to defend and a knack for scoring. With his experience, Charles brings a leadership and a presence to our team that we need heading into the start of preseason workouts.”

Over the course of his college career, Carmouche averaged 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

LSU finished last season with an overall record of 18-15, including 7-9 in the SEC. The Tigers lost in the first round of the NIT to Oregon.

When they take the floor for the start of the 2012-13 season, it will be the first under the new head coach, Jones, who comes to LSU after more than a decade at North Texas.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_