Tari Eason Transfer Official To LSU Basketball
BATON ROUGE – LSU Athletics and Head Basketball Coach Will Wade announced on Wednesday that SEC and institutional paperwork has been received and approved on transfer Tari Eason from the University of Cincinnati.
Eason, a 6-8, forward from Seattle, Washington, played in 23 games this past season for the Bearcats, averaging 7.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. He started eight games during the course of the season.
“We welcome Tari Eason to the LSU Basketball program,” said Coach Wade. “He is a versatile live body that can play both inside and out. Tari has tremendous length and athleticism which allows him to be a big defensive presence blocking shots. He is an elite rebounder on both ends which will lead to many second chance points as well as transition offensive opportunities.”
Eason was named an AAC All-Freshman team selection and ranked among the league leaders in blocks (fourth), offensive rebounds (fourth at 2.3) and rebounds (ninth). He had a season high 20 points and 13 rebounds against Tulane (Feb. 26) when he recorded his first college double double. In that game he was 8-of-8 from the field with three blocks.
He also had 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with nine boards and three assists in an earlier game in New Orleans against the Wave (Feb. 7).
Eason posted 14 points with four blocks at SMU (Jan. 7) and 13 points with nine boards at USC (Dec. 16). He scored in double figures six times and posted three of more blocks four times. He led Cincinnati in rebounds in 12 games.
Prior to going to Cincinnati, Eason helped guide Garfield High School in Seattle to the 2019-20 3A state championship, averaging 23 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.4 blocks. He averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds during the three-game tournament run, earning most valuable player honors.
Eason was named Washington’s 3A state player of the year by the Associated Press and the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association.
He also played his junior season at Federal Way High School in Federal Way, Washington, where he led the North Puget Sound League’s Olympic Division in rebounding (11.0 per game) while averaging 19.0 points as Federal Way advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals.