The LSU basketball team officially added two athletes to its recruiting class as the program announced guard James Bishop of Baltimore, Md., and junior college transfer guard Charles Manning took advantage of the early signing period and sent their national letters of intent.
Wade referred to both signees as blue-collar, hard-working guards who he expects to contribute as soon as they get on campus.
He spoke highly of James Bishop’s scoring ability, saying he’s going to tally a lot of points in an LSU uniform.
“James Bishop is an elite, elite, elite scorer,” Wade said. “He reminds me a lot of, kind of a guard version of (LSU forward Darius Days). He really knows how to play, really knows what he’s doing, really knows how to move. He’s going to score a ton of points for LSU, I can assure you of that.”
He also complimented the mentality Bishop brings to the game.
When Wade asked Bishop if he was having a signing ceremony, Bishop declined and said he would just have his mom email the NLI on Thursday morning.
“He’s just a blue-collar, throwback, city guard, which I just love” Wade said.
Wade had similar things to say about Manning, who averaged 12.4 points and nearly five rebounds as a freshman at Florida Southwestern State College.
“The one thing I love about Manning, I’ve seen him play six times with a couple practices, and he’s the hardest-working guy every time I’ve watched him,” Wade said. “There’s no question who the hardest-working guy on the court is every time you see him play.”
Manning will enter LSU with two years of eligibility.
The two guards will add even more depth to an LSU backcourt that already features likely returners in Ja’vonte Smart, Skylar Mays and Marlon Taylor.
With point guard Tremont Waters’ chances of entering the NBA Draft still up in the air, these two athletes have potential to add tremendous depth to an already loaded crew of guards.