LSU's Quarterman announces departure for NBA
BATON ROUGE – Guard Tim Quarterman, who started 27 games this season, and who in three years is ranked 11th at LSU in career assists, has opted to forgo his remaining college eligibility and will enter the 2016 NBA Draft, LSU head men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones confirmed on Monday.
Quarterman averaged 11.2 points per game for LSU this past season and averaged 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 rebounds a game. He was seventh in the SEC in assist-to-turnover ratio for the 2015-16 with a 2.3 mark based on 120 assists and just 53 turnovers.
His sophomore year was when Quarterman showed the biggest gains in his career as he averaged 33.6 minutes per game and jumped from 2.5 points per game in 2014 as a freshman to 11.5 points his sophomore season. Quarterman had 133 assists (4.0 average) and the first triple-double by an LSU player since Shaquille O’Neal in 1992 when he posted 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a home win over Ole Miss (2/28/15).
“We are very excited for Tim Quarterman as he continues his life-long dream of having the opportunity to play at the highest level and that is in the NBA,” said Coach Jones. “We thank him for the three years that he played for us here at LSU and we are excited for the growth he had as a player and his continued development as a person over that time. We are hopeful and prayerful that his dreams will come true.”
Quarterman finished his career with 302 assists, just missing the top 10 list for assists at LSU and with 103 assists is one of just 25 players to have recorded 100 steals in their career. Over his three years, he posted a positive total of 302 assists and 168 turnovers, having made 98 treys in his 99 game career.
He finished his career with 35 double figure scoring games, including his college career high of 27 points – first vs. Georgia on Jan. 10, 2015 and then at Houston on Dec. 13, 2015. He posted eight games of 20 or more points and his career high was 14 rebounds versus Southern Miss on Dec. 29, 2014.