The future of LSU basketball was on display on Sunday afternoon.
There’s plenty for Tiger fans to be excited about.
Five-star forward Emmitt Williams, an LSU commitment set to sign when the April signing period begins Wednesday, took home MVP honors at the Jordan Brand Classic, breaking LeBron James’ single-game scoring record with 44 points on 22-of-23 shooting.
“The biggest thing I bring to the table is my motor and guys love that,” Williams told reporters after. “As you can see, I told the players, ‘We’re all going to eat.’ I had 44 points, but guys were passing me the ball. It’s not like I was just taking a lot of shots. I’m glad people are noticing me now. I wasn’t a McDonald’s All-American, and I know I should have been one and I made a statement why I should have been one. I may take tomorrow off, but Tuesday, I’ll be back in the gym.”
Williams, ranked the No. 24 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings, surpassed James’ benchmark of 34 points set in 2003.
He wasn’t the only future Tiger in action. Javonte Smart, a four-star guard from Baton Rouge who signed with LSU in the fall, scored 15 points and hit 3-of-6 attempts from 3.
The pair join five-star big Naz Reid and four-star forward Darius Days to form the core of LSU’s 2018 class, ranked in the top five nationally. LSU’s freshmen are set to arrive on campus in June for summer school.