Matt McMahon and his new coaching staff have been working the recruiting track for the past few days. After finalizing his team’s top positions, McMahon and his reunited team doled out offers left and right.
Filling the top four spots on its staff, along with a few familiar faces, this group is ready to hit this new era of LSU basketball head-on. McMahon’s three full-time assistant coaches will be Cody Toppert, Casey Long and Ronnie Hamilton.
Toppert, who was previously an assistant for the Memphis Tigers, became McMahon’s first staff employee. Over the past few days, Long and Hamilton have also jumped on board.
Long has spent the past five seasons with McMahon and Murray State, which will be key in developing the new culture at Baton Rouge. Having a coach familiar with McMahon’s style of play, as well as his recruiting tactics, will put this program in a better position to transition faster.
Accompanying Long in Murray State’s move to LSU will be one of McMahon’s best assistants during his time with the Racers, Tim Kaine. Kaine will be named chief of staff of the Tigers.
For Hamilton, the elite scout provides that staff with a coach who knows what the SEC has to offer after a stint with the Ole Miss Rebels. Whether it’s fighting for prospects or developing his players, Hamilton will provide the Tigers with an elite assistant who has savvy ways on the recruiting track.
Now that McMahon has made key hires for his first LSU staff, their primary focus shifts to both recruiting players to fill their 2022-23 roster as well as the future. Immediately getting to work, this group has already made a myriad of offers.
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Listing his name on the portal Monday night, Oregon transfer Franck Kepnang has already heard of this new staff as they begin compiling their roster for next season. With a number of the top high school prospects in 2022 already choosing where they will play their college ball, it will be of the utmost importance for McMahon and the Tigers to dive into the portal, which they have already done.
It’s clear that this program will face sanctions sooner rather than later, which is why McMahon and his team have already focused on the 2023 class to prepare for the future.
Acclimating to talent in the New Orleans area, McMahon recently made an offer to Corey Chest of Eleanor McMain, one of the top 100 prospects in the 2023 class. A versatile power forward, McMahon and that staff make their presence known in Chest’s recruitment before he blows up even more.
Another key offer from the Class of 2023 went to Ugonna Kingsley of Putnam Science. Kingsley, who led Putnam to an undefeated season this year, is a dominating rim protector who has recently skyrocketed in the recruiting rankings.
McMahon also gets his feet wet with some of the top talent in the country. Handing over an offer to one of the nation’s top guards, Jelani Hamilton, also on Monday, it’s clear that these staff are looking to make an early splash. Hamilton is an explosive guard who is the perfect height for a combo guard, standing at 6-foot-6.
Those personnel continued to hit the recruiting trail even harder on Tuesday morning, providing a top-40 prospect and one of the nation’s most elite small forwards, Gavin Griffiths. Adding a player of Griffiths caliber would give McMahon and this new staff a tremendous boost for their 2023 class, providing a lethal goalscorer from all three tiers.
It’s clear these staff are looking to the future of this program with a number of offers handed out to some of the best talent in the Class of 2023. Preparing for the future while diving into the transfer portal this offseason to getting an assembled roster for 2022-23, McMahon surely has his work cut out for him this summer.