Former LSU basketball player Jalen Courtney headed to Morehead State

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDFormer LSU player Jalen Courtney is fouled by Bethune-Cookman's Alex Smith in January.
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDFormer LSU player Jalen Courtney is fouled by Bethune-Cookman's Alex Smith in January.

Former LSU men’s basketball forward Jalen Courtney needed less than a day to find a new home after announcing his intent to transfer.

The junior will move on to Morehead State in Kentucky and will have to sit out the upcoming season under NCAA transfer rules before suiting up in 2014-2015, the school and coach Sean Woods announced Tuesday in a statement.

“He’s a mature player with an athletic body,” Woods said. “Jalen can score in multiple ways, he’s a good rebounder and his defensive ability will certainly help us.”

Courtney, a 6-foot-8 native of Jackson, Miss., played in 51 games during his career at LSU, and averaged 2.1 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Tigers last season.

Yet, he only averaged 8.7 minutes per game, but an influx of five front court players in LSU’s recruiting class and the return of All-Southeastern Conference forward Johnny O’Bryant III figured to slice into that playing time.

While he was a traditional low-block player for LSU, Woods hinted Courtney won’t be solely limited to patrolling the paint.

“Jalen brings a lot of versatility to the table and runs the floor well for someone of his size and length,” Woods added. “Jalen will be able to play small forward, power forward or center.”