4:40 LRN Sportscast June 24

LSU women’s basketball continues to add to a stellar recruiting class with the announcement that Bossier City’s Mikaylah Williams, the top-ranked player in the nation, has committed to the Tigers. She was last season’s state basketball Player of the Year after averaging 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals as a junior at Parkway High. Williams is the highest-rated recruit for the program since Seimone Augustus, also ranked number one, in 2002.

Not to be outdone, baseball coach Jay Johnson is about to welcome two new Tigers through the transfer portal: NC State first baseman Tommy White and Vanderbilt righty Christian Little according to D1 Baseball’s Kendall Rogers. White set the NCAA freshman home run record with 27 in 55 games last season, while batting .362 with 74 RBI. Little is a 6-4 flamethrower projected to develop into a potential major league first-rounder.

According to ESPN, Saints linebacker Demario Davis has signed a one-year extension through the 2024 season.

The New Orleans Pelicans selected 6-7 guard Dyson Daniels out of Australia with the eighth pick in last night’s NBA Draft. Daniels is known for his ability to play both ends, passing, and high basketball IQ.

Cut 16 (12) “…this is crazy.”

In round two the Pelicans maybe got the steal of the draft in Ohio St. forward E.J. Liddell, who was rated as a first-round talent. Liddell averaged 19 points, eight rebounds, and nearly three blocks per game for the Buckeyes last season, earning First-team All-Big Ten honors for the second time. New Orleans also drafted European big man Karlo Matkovic, though he will likely remain overseas for another year or two.

All-SEC forward Tari Eason was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 17th pick, becoming the 17th LSU player taken in the first round all time. Darius Days agreed to a summer league deal with the Spurs, and Shareef O’Neal was signed by the Lakers. Louisiana Tech forward Kenneth Lofton Jr inked a two-way deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.