Australian center Darcy Malone signs with LSU men’s basketball team

The LSU men’s basketball program got its long-awaited letter from down under Thursday.

The Tigers added to their consensus top-10 recruiting class when their compliance office received and verified the national letter of intent from 7-foot Australian center Darcy Malone.

Malone (7-0, 220 pounds) presently plays for the Canberra Gunners of the ACT Academy of Sports in Australia.

He played for Australia most recently in the FIBA 2012 U17 World Championship tournament, earning the silver medal.

“Darcy gives us the much-needed presence and depth in a position that was absent with our team last year,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said. “His ability to step out and shoot the ball at his size will help to prevent double-teams that we faced so much in the post last year. We look forward to his arrival in Baton Rouge. Darcy will be an impactful player at LSU for years to come.”

LSU’s class now totals six players and includes LSU’s first spring signee from Wednesday — Brian Bridgewater of Scotlandville High.

LSU signed four players in the fall period: Jarell Martin of Madison Prep in Baton Rouge; Tim Quarterman of Johnson High in Savannah, Ga.; Jordan Mickey of Prime Prep in Arlington, Texas; and John Odo of Nigeria and Hill (Texas) Junior College.

Martin, Quarterman and Mickey signed national letters in the fall period, while Odo signed Southeastern Conference papers and came to LSU in December after graduating from junior college. He practiced with the team during the spring semester.