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Wednesday, August 1
Team preview: LSU Tigers

Returning Leaders
Points: Dupree 17.3 ppg
Rebounds: Dupree 8.8 rpg
Assists: Bright 4.1 apg
FG %: Wilson 50.6%
3pt %: Temple III 36.3%
FT %: Temple III 73.3%

00-01 Stats:

The lowdown
2000-01 record: 13-16; 2-14 in SEC (6th in West)
Final Ranking: NR
Postseason: None

Three Questions for 2001-02
1. Will Ronald Dupree have a SEC MVP-type season? If so, will that be enough for the Tigers to remain competitive?

2. How much of an impact will Shawnson Johnson have for the Tigers? Can he help alleviate the loss of Kedrick Brown?

3. Will Brad Bridgewater return healthy? If so, what can the Tigers expect from him inside?

Andy Katz's Scenarios
Best case: The Tigers have one of the top backcourts in the league with Dupree, Collis Temple III and Torris Bright. Johnson gives them enough production to make a climb in the SEC West and in contention for an NIT bid.

Worst case: Inside scoring is so rare that the Tigers can't get out of sixth place in the SEC West and miss out on the postseason.

Key Players Returning
Player Yr. Pos. Ht./Wt. Comment
Collis Temple III Jr. G 6-7/215 PTS: 14.1 | REB: 4.6 | AST: 2.2
Ronald Dupree Jr. F 6-6/210 PTS: 17.3 | REB: 8.8 | AST: 1.4
Torris Bright Jr. G 6-4/195 PTS: 10.8 | REB: 2.8 | AST: 4.1
Jermaine Williams Sr. F 6-7/185 PTS: 7.4 | REB: 3.9 | AST: 1.9

Key Losses
Player Pos. Ht./Wt. Comment
Brian Beshara F 6-8/209 PTS: 11.2 | REB: 6.0 | AST: 2.3
Lamont Roland G 6-4/205 PTS: 10.2 | REB: 3.5 | AST: 4.7

LSU Signings
Player Pos. Ht. High School/College
Thomas Davis F 6-8 Pineville, La./Kilgore JC
Shawnson Johnson F 6-9 Shreveport, La./Lee JC
Antonio Hudson G 6-4 Grambling, La./Grambling H.S.
Paul Wolfert F 6-9 Hinsdale Central (Ill.) H.S.
Xavier Whipple G 6-2 McIntyre, Ga./Wilkinson County H.S.

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