LSU gets verbal commitment from top hoops player

METAITRIE, La. (AP) - Metairie Park Country Day standout Matt

Derenbecker says he intends to play college basketball for LSU.

The 6-foot-7 forward, who was named the 2009 Gatorade Player of

the Year in Louisiana, says he gave an early verbal commitment to

LSU head coach Trent Johnson on Thursday for the 2010-11 season.

Derenbecker says he also was recruited by Stanford, Virginia and

Georgia Tech. He says he prefers to stay closer to home and

stressed that he had confidence in the direction Johnson is taking

LSU's basketball program.

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