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LSU Lands Cincinnati Transfer Tari Eason

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Tigers add second transfer in as many weeks

NCAA Basketball: AAC Conference Tournament - Cincinnati vs Wichita State Ben Ludeman-USA TODAY Sports

Former Cincinnati forward Tari Eason announced on his Twitter Tuesday that he would be transferring to LSU.

Eason will be eligible to play next season due to the NCAA passing a rule that allows one-time immediate eligibility for all athletes.

Eason was named to the AAC’s all-freshman team last season after averaging seven points and five rebounds in 23 games. Where Eason is best is on the defensive end, ranking fourth in the American Athletic Conference in blocked shots with 1.4 a game. Eason also averaged 1.3 steals last season.

Eason is a Seattle native and was ranked by 247 as the No. 138 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting cycle. Coming out of high school he had offers from Pac 12 schools like Washington State, USC, and Colorado before ultimately choosing Cincinnati.

Now Eason is on his way to Baton Rouge, and is the second transfer to pledge to LSU. Last week Xavier Pinson, formerly of Missouri, transferred to LSU. LSU also added Seneca Knight via transfer in January. Knight is a Lafayette native and will be a senior when the 2021-22 season starts.

Will Wade has said he plans on really exploring the transfer market to offset the departures from the 2020-2021 team and so far that’s come to fruition. LSU has had four players declare for the NBA Draft (Javonte Smart, Cameron Thomas, Trendon Watford, Darius Days, and Aundre Hyatt), while two players (Aundre Hyatt and Jalen Cook) put their names in the transfer portal.