Eric Gaines Inks To Complete Opening Signing Day For LSU Basketball

by Kent Lowe | Sr. Assoc. Communications Director
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Eric Gaines Inks To Complete Opening Signing Day For LSU Basketball

BATON ROUGE – Four-star point guard Eric Gaines of Lithonia, Georgia completed the LSU men’s basketball signees for the opening day of the April signing period after his national letter of intent was received and approved by the LSU Athletics Department. 

Gaines, 6-3, averaged 18.6 points per game, 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game for Lithonia High School. He shot 56 percent from inside the arc and 44 percent from three-point range. He led Lithonia to a 26-4 record. He is ranked No. 82 in the nation in the class of 2020 and No. 14 in the country among point guards, while Rivals ranked him No. 88. 

“We are very excited about adding Eric Gaines who is a tremendous leader and plays with a great motor,” said LSU Coach Will Wade. “He is an exceptional athlete with length who is an effortless scorer inside and outside, great passer and defends at a high level.”

Gaines received several honors in the state of Georgia at the end of his senior season including being named the Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Metro DeKalb County Player of the Year and First-Team on the AJC boys 5A All-State team. 

He also was the Georgia Coaches Association (GACA) 5A North Player of the Year and first team on the AJC boys’ Atlanta All-Metro (Dekalb County) First team. 

The Tigers, who have a top six recruiting class in the 247sports.com rankings, previously signed three players in the fall – five-star guard Cameron Thomas (Chesapeake, Virginia, from Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia); four-star point guard Jalen Cook of Walker High (Walker, Louisiana); and, three-star center Bradley Ezewiro (Torrance, California) also from Oak Hill Academy. 

LSU earlier on Wednesday also signed four-star forward Mwani Wilkinson of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The Tigers also have two transfers for the 2020-21 season –  Shareef O’Neal, the son of former LSU and NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, signed paperwork on Wednesday as well to play for LSU, transferring after his redshirt freshman season at UCLA. Also, Josh LeBlanc, who came to LSU from Georgetown at the start of January. LeBlanc is from Baton Rouge (Madison Prep Academy) and practiced with the team during the conference portion of the season.