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LSU inks two guards to kick off early signing period


The future of LSU’s backcourt made it official this week, signing their National Letters of Intent.

LSU announced the signings of Charles Manning and James Bishop on Thursday (Nov. 15).

“I’m very excited about both of them,” Wade said of the two on Thursday. "Hopefully we’ll add to it here.”

Manning, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard, out of Florida SouthWestern State College will have two years of eligibility remaining next season.

“The one thing I love about Manning, I’ve seen him play six times and a couple practices," LSU coach Will Wade said of Manning on Thursday. “He’s the hardest playing guy every time you watch him. No question who the hardest-playing guy is on the floor every time you see him play. I love that about him.”

Manning averaged 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as a freshman at Florida SouthWestern last season.

Through the first five games of this season, Manning has averaged 16.4 points and five rebounds per game.

His game log so far this season:

vs. Spartanburg Methodist: 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 steal, 7 turnovers in 39 minutes.

vs. Combine Academy: 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 7 turnovers in 29 minutes

vs. Broward College: 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, 3 assists, 2 rebounds in 23 minutes

vs. South Georgia Technical College: 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, 4 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, 1 rebound in 27 minutes

vs. Game Changes Academy: 7 points on 2-of-9 shooting, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, 2 turnovers in 19 minutes.

“He’s just a worker,” Wade added of Manning. “An extremely, extremely hard worker. Just plays so hard. He’s versatile. He’s going to be a good player.”

Manning committed to LSU back on Oct. 22. According to his Twitter, he had offers from LSU, UAB, Houston, Iona College, Coppin State and Drake.

110% COMMITTED💜💛 #LetsGeaux🐯

— $limBoogz🔌 (@TheRealCM21) October 22, 2018

Bishop, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound combo guard, is coming to LSU straight out of high school in Baltimore, Md., and will have five years to play four.

According to ESPN, Bishop is a 4-star recruit and is the 26th-best shooting guard. Bishop is the No. 24 combo guard on 247 Sports' rankings as a 3-star. He committed on Sept. 18.

1000% COMMITTED ! #410StandUp

— Church ' (@RealJB10) September 18, 2018

“Bishop is just an elite, elite, elite scorer,” Wade said about Bishop. “He reminds me a lot of kind of a guard version of Darius Days. Just really knows how play, really knows what he’s doing, really knows how to move. He’s going to score a ton of points for LSU, I can assure you of that. Bishop, I love his mentality. I love everything about him. He’s just a blue-collar, throwback, city guard which I just love.”

Another thing about Bishop that stood out to Wade is how Bishop didn’t have a signing ceremony.

“The other night I asked him, ‘Are you doing a signing ceremony at your school?’ ‘No, no coach. I’m just going to sign it, my mom will sign it, we’ll email it to you.’ That never happens,” Wade said. “You have eight hats up there. ‘No coach, I’ll sign it in the morning. My mom will sign it when she gets back from work and we’ll shoot it over to you.’ That shows the type of person, you don’t see that today. It shows how mature he is. Manning’s the same way. They didn’t have something.”

No. 22 LSU (3-0) plays its fourth game of the season on Friday against Louisiana Tech.

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