Aaron Epps, a forward out of Tioga High School, became the first Class of 2014 pledge for the LSU men’s basketball team late Sunday night, according to a report in the Alexandria Town Talk.
Epps, a 6-foot-9, 195-pound native of Bell, selected the Tigers over offers from Oklahoma State, Memphis, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State among other programs.
Last season, Epps, who plays for the Jackson Tigers, an elite AAU program on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League circuit, is rated by 247Sports and Rivals.com as a three-star prospect, and he was an honorable mention for the Class 4A All-State team after averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Epps was also a standout track athlete, finishing second at the state track meet in the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 6 inches — an indicator of his athleticism and explosiveness.
Epps did not return calls seeking comment about his commitment to the Tigers, who already picked up another addition in the offseason when former UNC-Asheville guard Keith Hornsby announced he was transferring to Baton Rouge.
Other potential commits announced this summer they would take their services elsewhere, with St. Augustine standout forward Craig Victor headed to Arizona and Helen Cox product Dominic Magee saying he’ll attend Memphis.
Epps’ commitment came after a visit to LSU over the weekend, where the Tigers also hosted 7-foot center Elbert Robinson, a four-star recruit out of Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland, Texas.