LSU basketball adds 2014 recruit Jalyn Patterson

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones Show caption
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones

Two weeks ago, LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones said the Tigers aimed to land three recruits in the early signing period.

On Saturday night, the Tigers picked up their third commitment when Class of 2014 three-star guard Jalyn Patterson pledged his services to LSU.

The commitment was reported by various recruiting services and posted on the Twitter account belonging to prep power Monteverde Academy, where the Atlanta native plays.

Patterson, 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, committed five days after four-star center Elbert Robinson, a 7-foot, 320-pound recruit out of the Dallas area, made the same move.

Patterson’s commitment bolsters LSU’s point guard depth, with him sliding in next to current junior Anthony Hickey and highly touted freshman Tim Quarterman.

But it could have a ripple effect. He plays at Monteverde alongside guard Ben Simmons, a 6-8, 200-pound small forward rated a five-star prospect in the 2015 class. Simmons visited Baton Rouge this weekend with Patterson; Simmons’ godfather, David Patrick, is an assistant on LSU’s staff.

The third member of LSU’s 2014 recruits, Tioga small forward Aaron Epps, committed last month.