One of the LSU basketball program’s top players is coming back to be a part of new coach Will Wade’s staff.
Denham Springs native Tasmin Mitchell, one of the stars of LSU’s run to the 2006 Final Four and a member of the team that won the Southeastern Conference regular-season title three years later, has joined the staff in a player development capacity.
Wade and Mitchell, a McDonald’s All-American during his prep career at Denham Springs High, confirmed the hiring Thursday morning.
Mitchell is the second official hire for Wade, the former VCU coach who accepted the LSU job on March 20. Former North Texas head coach Tony Benford joined the staff on March 28.
Mitchell, who turns 31 in June, has played professionally in the NBA Developmental League and overseas with stops in France, Russia and Israel since his college career ended in 2010.
The 6-foot-7 Mitchell finished his LSU career as the program’s third-leading scorer with 1,989 points — behind only Pete Maravich and Rudy Macklin — and was sixth in career rebounding with 950. He is also the all-time leader in minutes played with 4,692.