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LSU adds top-25 forward to 2018 class

NCAA Basketball Tournament - First Round - Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Head coach Will Wade of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams instructs his team against the St. Mary’s Gaels during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Will Wade continues to attract top-tier talent to Baton Rouge.

Naz Reid, a top-25 recruit in the 2018 class, committed to Wade and the Tigers in a social media post Tuesday.

“Now as my journey continues, I want to thank my family, all those who supported me and all the coaches who recruited me,” Reid said in a video message. “And now I will be announcing that my new home at the Louisiana State University.”

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward chose LSU over offers from the likes of Arizona, Kansas, Louisville and Maryland, among others. He joins Ja’Vonte Smart, a four-star combo guard, as Wade’s first two pledges of 2018. And that’s on top of getting Tremont Waters, a four-star point guard, in the 2017 class.

Adding such high-level talent at the start of his tenure is a fantastic early sign for Wade’s tenure at LSU. The SEC may struggle to stay relevant as a whole nationally, but in order to compete with the likes of Kentucky and Florida, the Tigers will need to make serious talent upgrades from the Johnny Jones era, beyond just securing a talent like Ben Simmons without enough around him to even earn an NCAA tournament spot.